The Early Solar System

Richard Cowen, University of California, Davis

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This brief review of the formation of the solar system is a precursor to a discussion of the possibility of life existing on the other planets. The author describes conditions on the earth's surface (past and present) and suggests that cyanide was the most important substance in the formation of life.

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Subject: Biology, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Planetary ScienceKeyword: astrobiology