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Frank H. T. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801478239

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801478239.001.0001

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The Ancient Planet

The Ancient Planet

(p.97) Chapter 7 The Ancient Planet

Frank H. T. Rhodes

Cornell University Press

This chapter outlines efforts to measure the age of the Earth and considers the implications these pose to civilization. All civilizations, after all, seem to have had an interest in the beginnings of things, and each had its own account of origins. Yet calculating based on human history will not provide the full measure of the Earth's antiquity, hence the chapter also turns to investigations into the planet's prehuman history, in archaeological evidence and efforts to reconstruct and, with more difficulty, precisely date life's history. At the end, the chapter also ventures into a study of meteorites to determine the age of the Earth and its moon.

Keywords:   antiquity, Earth, human history, prehuman history, civilization, archaeology, meteorites, origins, paleontology

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