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Origin of the earth is directly related to the origin of the solar system, as the earth is one of the members of the solar system. Many hypotheses have been proposed to explain the formation of the solar system. All these theories can be grouped into the following two general classes.

  1. Formation of the solar system quickly and violently: Old planetesimal hypotheses, Nebular hypotheses, new planetesimal hypotheses and tidal hypotheses are some examples of it.
  2. Formation of the solar system slowly and moderately: A dust cloud aggregation hypothesis is an example of it.

Some hypotheses about the origin of the earth

Old planetesimal hypothesis:

This hypothesis state that very large amount of matter was thrown out of the sun due to the collision of the sun and another star. Those hot matters cooled and the other planets along with the earth were formed and the remaining mass was the sun.

Nebular hypothesis:

According to Nebular hypothesis, the sun and the planets were formed from a large whirling cloud of hot gases and dust. As the surface of the cloud cooled by the radiation, a ring of the matter was formed at the equatorial region of it. The ring was escaped out from the surface of the main mass and the first planet was formed. The process was repeated again and again till the entire solar system was formed and the remaining mass became the sun.

New planetesimal hypothesis:

This hypothesis is slightly different from the old planetesimal hypotheses suggested by Buffon. According to this hypothesis, the two stars did not collide but came very close to one another, and due to the gravity of the star, great bulges rose by the sun and the materials remained as large spiral arms and when they cooled, they broke away from the sun and the broken materials combined together to produce the planets and the remaining gaseous matter became the sun.

Tidal hypothesis:

According to this hypothesis, a passing star had exerted a tidal pull on the sun but the effect was to cause a long filament of gases to be drawn from the sun. The outer part of the filament escaped into space, the inner part came back into the sun and the middle part formed a series of round structures of different sizes, which were the planets.

Dust cloud hypothesis:

This hypothesis proposed that the sun and the planets were formed from a large cloud of gases and dust. The light of the star pushed the atoms of the gases and dust to form huge particles which were attracted to each other by the pull of gravity. A huge ball of materials formed the sun and the part of the cloud of dust and gases stayed around the sun and slowly rotated. The huge whirlpools originated in this rotating clouds formed planets. In this way, the earth was originated in its cold stage.

Reason behind evolution of living beings on earth

Evolution of earth started before 4.5 billion years ago. When the evolution of earth started there was no suitable atmosphere for living beings. Various changes on the earth have made the atmosphere of the earth suitable for the evolution of living beings. Some reason behind evolution of living beings on earth are:

  1. Availability of necessary substances for living beings like, air, water etc.
  2. Availability of abundant water.
  3. Favourable temperature for living beings.

  • The origin of the earth is directly related to the origin of the solar system as the earth is a member of the solar system.
  • Old planetesimal hypothesis state that very large amount of matter was thrown out of the sun due to the collision of the sun and another star.
  • According to Nebular hypothesis, the sun and the planets were formed from a large whirling cloud of hot gases and dust.
  • The new planetesimal hypothesis was slightly different from the old planetesimal hypotheses suggested by Buffon.
  • According to the tidal hypothesis, a passing star had exerted a tidal pull upon the sun but the effect was to cause a long filament of gases to be drawn from the sun.
  • Dust cloud hypothesis proposed that the sun and the planets were formed from a large cloud of gases and dust.
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Very Short Questions

Thomas Chamberlain propounded the planetesimal theory in 1905. Planetesimal theory explains that the earth is formed from the hot clouds and dusts which came out from the sun due to the sudden passage of a star nearby and condensing of the mass.

In 1755, Immanuel Kant proposed and in 1796 Laplace explained the Nebular Theory. According to this theory, the nebulae of the Milky Way galaxy contracted and formed the sun and other planets in course of rotation and revolution. The earth also kept on rotating and revolving that led to geochemical separation, i.e. heavier metals passed inside the earth and lighter elements remained on the crust. In this way, the sun, the planets and their natural satellites were formed.

The heliocentric theory states that sun is the center of the solar system and all heavenly bodies in the system revolve around it in their orbits. The heliocentric theory is different from geocentric theory as earth is considered the center and all heavenly bodies including the sun revolve around the earth according to the geocentric theory.

The estimated age of the earth is about 4.5 billion.

The basis that the “Origin of human being is not with that of the earth.”- is the phenomenon of determination of rock’s age and the study of fossils.

According to the hypothesis given by Jeans and Jeffery a bigger star closer to the sun causing tide and the material spitted out from the sun cooled to form the earth, other planets and satellites.

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  • The example of formation of solar system slowly and moderately is ______.

    nebular hypothesis


    tidal hypothesis


    dust cloud aggregation hypothesis


    newplanetesimal hypothesis


  • Who suggested the new planetesimal hypothesis about the origin of solar system?

    Sir Harold Jeffery
    Buffon
    Immanuel Kant
    T.C. Chamberlin
  • Which one of them the most convincing hypothesis about the origin of the earth?

    New planetesimal hypothesis
    Nebular hypothesis
    Old planetesimal hypothesis
    Dust cloud aggregation hypothesis
  • Which one of the given hypothesis is proposed by English astronomers Sir James Jeans and Sir Harold Jeffery?

    Dust cloud hypothesis
    New planetesimal hypothesis
    Nebular hypothesis
    Tidal hypothesis
  • How many hypothesis are there?

    6


    4


    7


    5


  • Which one of the following hypothesis says the formation of the solar system was the slow process?

    A dust cloud aggregation hypothesis


    new planetesimal hypotheses


    Old planetesimal hypotheses


    tidal hypotheses


  • Earth is formed by___

    Sun
    Sun
    Dust
    Star
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