The future of the Earth’s oceans could be seen in distant planets

Posted by ap507 at Oct 23, 2014 12:55 PM |
Impact of climate change and over-exploitation on oceans explored in new book by Leicester geologists

Vast seas of hydrocarbons and masses of water below kilometres of ice are among the unusual environments on distant planets that are providing insights into the potential fate of our own oceans.

A new book by Professor Mark Williams and Dr Jan Zalasiewicz from the Department of Geology explores what we know about the history of our planet’s oceans and what new discoveries on other worlds are telling us about their future.

Ocean Worlds: The story of seas on Earth and other planets discusses the range of change in Earth’s oceans, both in the long-term, and the current changes that have been brought about by climate change.

The book also details the human impact on our oceans including the over-fishing and pollution that is putting this precious resource at risk and the extraordinary story of how plastic is now spreading through our oceans.

Ocean Worlds is available to order from the University's bookshop.

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