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We are looking at the aftermath of the collision between the Earth (right) and a Mars-sized protoplanet. The core of the impacting planet became merged with that of the Earth, while its crust - and a lot of the earth's own crust, blasted off in the impact - went into orbit. There, the material coalesced to form the Moon. Here, the Moon is almost fully formed, with only a few large bits left orbiting the Earth. NOTE: THIS IMAGE IS COPYRIGHT KINGFISHER ALTHOUGH MARK A. GARLICK IS THE ARTIST. IT HAS BEEN USED WITH PERMISSION.

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Comment by Kennith Perry on October 19, 2011 at 11:10am
Mark. Nice images in the book, I really liked "end of an era"
Comment by Mark A. Garlick on October 19, 2011 at 9:38am
Thanks, Mario! It's a lovely book. Hardly any text, so my images really take pride of place. I did 13 of the 16 internal pics, plus the cover. Cheers.
Comment by Mario John Borgatti on October 19, 2011 at 9:34am
Mark. I answered my own question:Earth: The Life of a Planet Looks like something every InSANe person should own. -Mario
Comment by Mark A. Garlick on October 19, 2011 at 9:30am
Hi, Mario, thanks for your comments. Yes, Kingfisher is an imprint of Penguin. The pictures are for a book about the story of Earth and its life. If you go to and look at the last three images, you can see some other artwork that I did for the book, showing dinosaurs and other creatures. Thanks.
Comment by Mario John Borgatti on October 19, 2011 at 9:19am
Mark, A very nice photo essay you have created. Is Kingfisher publisher? -Mario
Comment by Michael C. Turner on October 18, 2011 at 3:06pm

Greetings Mark,

Slpendid representation of this concept.   This and your other early Earth/Moon images are excellent companion pieces.


Michael C. Turner

Comment by Kennith Perry on October 18, 2011 at 2:42pm
I can see my house! Seriously,nice job, I love the colors.

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