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Poster: Earth Evolution—The Intersection of Geology and Biology

Summary

A poster from the 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science, Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future. It illustrates how the Earth has evolved over the past 4.6 billion years, and highlights how that evolution influences biological evolution.

The Earth is approximately 4.6 billion years old. Over this vast span of time, the planet has changed dramatically from an inhospitable sphere of molten rock to a diverse world rich with life. The world we live in today is the product of complex interactions between life and the environment. This poster summarizes these interactions, including discussions of plate tectonics, chemical cycles, oxygenation of the planet, and the effect that oxygenation had on animal size.

(This poster is designed to printed at a maximum size of 29.5" x 23.5".)

Awards

  •  2012 NSF Science and Engineering Visualization Awards; Honorable Mention

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