Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas / Edition 1

Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas / Edition 1

by Stefan Helmreich
ISBN-10:
0520250621
ISBN-13:
9780520250628
Pub. Date:
01/05/2009
Publisher:
University of California Press
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Overview

Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas / Edition 1


Alien Ocean immerses readers in worlds being newly explored by marine biologists, worlds usually out of sight and reach: the deep sea, the microscopic realm, and oceans beyond national boundaries. Working alongside scientists at sea and in labs in Monterey Bay, Hawai'i, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Sargasso Sea and at undersea volcanoes in the eastern Pacific, Stefan Helmreich charts how revolutions in genomics, bioinformatics, and remote sensing have pressed marine biologists to see the sea as animated by its smallest inhabitants: marine microbes. Thriving in astonishingly extreme conditions, such microbes have become key figures in scientific and public debates about the origin of life, climate change, biotechnology, and even the possibility of life on other worlds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520250628
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 01/05/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 157,536
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Moorings
Acknowledgments


Introduction: Life at Sea
1. The Message from the Mud: Making Meaning Out of Microbes in Monterey Bay
2. Dissolving the Tree of Life: Alien Kinship at Hydrothermal Vents
3. Blue-Green Capitalism: Marine Biotechnology in Hawaii
4. Alien Species, Native Politics: Mixing Up Nature and Culture in Ocean Oahu
5. Abducting the Atlantic: How the Ocean Got Its Genome
6. Submarine Cyborgs: Transductive Ethnography at the Seafloor, Juan de Fuca Ridge
7. Extraterrestrial Seas: Astrobiology and the Nature of Alien Life

Notes
Bibliography

Index

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