Hadean Earth

This book consolidates the latest research on the Hadean Eon - the first 500 million years of Earth history - which has permitted hypotheses of early Earth evolution to be tested, including geophysical models that include the possibility of plate tectonic-like behavior. Les mer
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This book consolidates the latest research on the Hadean Eon - the first 500 million years of Earth history - which has permitted hypotheses of early Earth evolution to be tested, including geophysical models that include the possibility of plate tectonic-like behavior. These new observations challenge the longstanding Hadean paradigm - based on no observational evidence - of a desiccated, lifeless, continent-free wasteland in which surface petrogenesis was largely due to extraterrestrial impacts. The eon was termed "Hadean" to reflect such a hellish environment. That view began to be challenged in 2001 as results of geochemical analyses of greater than 4 billion year old zircons from Australia emerged. These data were consistent with the zircons forming in a world much more similar to today than long thought and interpreted to indicate that sediment cycling was occurring in the presence of liquid water. This new view leaves open the possibility that life could have emerged shortly after Earth accretion. The epistemic limitations under which the old paradigm persisted are closely examined. The book is principally designed as a monograph but has the potential to be used as a text for advanced graduate courses on early Earth evolution.

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Chapter 1: Why Hadean

Chapter 2: Thermal evolution models

Chapter 3: Radionuclide produced isotopic variations in mantle rocks

Chapter 4: The lunar surface and Late Heavy Bombardment concept

Chapter 5: Models of continental growth and destruction

Chapter 6: Plate boundary interactions through geologic history

Chapter 7: Hadean Jack Hills zircon geochemistry

Chapter 8: Hadean zircons elsewhere in the solar system

Chapter 9: Proposed sources of Hadean zircons

Chapter 10: Could the Hadean eon have been habitable?

Chapter 11: Morpho- and chemo-fossil evidence for the appearance of life

Chapter 12: Collectanea

Appendix I: Expanding the search for terrestrial Hadean zircons