This is an ambitious book in the sense that it seeks to explore the extent that the Earth Systems approach can be usefully applied to the early history of the Earth. Contemporary discussion of Earth systems tends to focus on the Earth’s surface environments, and hence geologically short timescales, and yet as we consider the Earth on longer timescales we need to include the solid and the deep Earth. As the author readily admits, these are early days in the development of a systems approach for what happened more than 2.5 billion years ago, and so the book should not...

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