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Origin and Evolution of Earth: Research Questions for a Changing Planet (2008)

Chapter: Appendix B: Acronyms and Abbreviations

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Acronyms and Abbreviations." National Research Council. 2008. Origin and Evolution of Earth: Research Questions for a Changing Planet. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12161.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Acronyms and Abbreviations." National Research Council. 2008. Origin and Evolution of Earth: Research Questions for a Changing Planet. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12161.
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Page 138

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Appendix B Acronyms and Abbreviations AU astronomical unit CAI calcium-, aluminum-rich inclusion Ga billion years ago GPS Global Positioning System InSAR interferometric synthetic aperture radar M magnitude Ma million years ago THMC thermal-hydrological-mechanical-chemical WFPC2 Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 137

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Questions about the origin and nature of Earth and the life on it have long preoccupied human thought and the scientific endeavor. Deciphering the planet's history and processes could improve the ability to predict catastrophes like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, to manage Earth's resources, and to anticipate changes in climate and geologic processes. At the request of the U.S. Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, and U.S. Geological Survey, the National Research Council assembled a committee to propose and explore grand questions in geological and planetary science. This book captures, in a series of questions, the essential scientific challenges that constitute the frontier of Earth science at the start of the 21st century.

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