Environmental Evolution. Effects of the Origin and Evolution of Life on Planet Earth

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Aaron Haselton et Lynn Margulis - .
In this book fifteen distinguished scientists discuss the effects of life-past and present-on planet Earth. Unlike other earth science and biology books,... Lire la suite
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Résumé

In this book fifteen distinguished scientists discuss the effects of life-past and present-on planet Earth. Unlike other earth science and biology books, Environmental Evolution describes the impact of life on the Earth's rocky surfaces, presenting an integrated view of how our planet evolved. Modeled on the Environmental Evolution course developed by Lynn Margulis and her colleagues, it provides a unique synthesis of atmospheric, biological, and geological hypotheses that explain the present condition of the biosphere. It also develops scientific concepts essential to the reconstruction of the intertwined history of Earth's air, rocks, water, and life. After an introduction by James E. Lovelock on Gaia theory, the material proceeds in roughly chronological order from the origin of life in the early Archean Eon to the emergence of new environmental diseases in today's industrialized world. The second edition is thoroughly revised, with more comprehensive chapters, additional illustrations, and new references.

Sommaire

    • The Gaia hypothesis
    • Comparison of planetary atmospheres: Mars, Venus, and Earth
    • Chemical evolution in a hydrogen cyanide world
    • Origins of membrane structure
    • Origins of life: history of ideas
    • Clues to life in the Archean Eon
    • Microbial landscapes: Abu Dhabi and Shark Bay
    • Symbiosis and the origin of protists
    • The Antiquity of life: from life's origin to the end of the Lipalian period
    • Continental drift and plate tectonics
    • Chemical signals from plants and phanerozoic evolution
    • Mammalian evolution: karyotypic fission theory
    • Environmental pollution and the emergence of new diseases.

Caractéristiques

  • Date de parution
    11/07/2000
  • Editeur
  • ISBN
    0-262-63197-0
  • EAN
    9780262631976
  • Présentation
    Broché
  • Nb. de pages
    338 pages
  • Poids
    0.58 Kg
  • Dimensions
    11,5 cm × 19,1 cm × 1,6 cm

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À propos des auteurs

Lynn Margulis, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is the recipient of a 1999 National Medal of Science. Clifford Matthews is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Aaron Haselton is a graduate student in entomology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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