Jupiter: friend or foe?

Horner, J. A. and Jones, B. W. (2008) Jupiter: friend or foe? In: 10th Asteroids, Comets, Meteors Meeting (ACM 2008), 14-18 Jul 2008, Baltimore, MD. United States.

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Abstract

In the collective consciousness of both the general public and the academic world, it is widely accepted that the planet Jupiter has been of great assistance in the evolution and survival of life on the planet Earth. This old idea suggests that, without the giant planet, the impact regime experienced by the Earth would be significantly less clement, with life threatening impacts occurring far more frequently. In such a regime, it is claimed, the development of life would have been stymied, even if life had had the opportunity to develop in the first place.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2014 23:05
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2014 23:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: Jupiter; impact flux; asteroids; hazardous objects
Fields of Research : 02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020108 Planetary Science (excl. Extraterrestrial Geology)
02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020102 Astronomical and Space Instrumentation
02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020101 Astrobiology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25536

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