Life, Temperature, and the Earth: The Self-Organizing Biosphere

Life, Temperature, and the Earth: The Self-Organizing Biosphere

by David Schwartzman

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Overview

Life, Temperature, and the Earth analyzes and modifies important aspects of the Gaia hypothesis in light of geochemical, geophysical, mathematical, and paleontological data that were either ignored or unavailable when the hypothesis was developed. Schwartzman argues that the Earth's climatic temperature has been biologically regulated amid the backdrop of variable volcanic outgassing and an evolving sun.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231102131
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/17/2002
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Schwartzman is a professor in the Department of Biology at Howard University. His research focuses on biogeochemistry, exobiology, and environmental science.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: A Personal Note xi
Climatic Evolution: From Homeostatic Gaia to Geophysiology
1(14)
The Biogeochemical Cycle of Carbon
15(17)
Faint Young Sun Paradox and Climate Stabilization
32(11)
Weathering and Its Biotic Enhancement
43(23)
Weathering: From Theory and Experiment to the Field
66(14)
Quantifying the Biotic Enhancement of Weathering and Its Implications
80(19)
Surface Temperature History of the Earth
99(20)
Did Surface Temperatures Constrain Microbial Evolution?
119(38)
Self-organization of the Biosphere
157(22)
Alien Biospheres?
179(12)
Conclusions
191(6)
References 197(42)
Index 239

What People are Saying About This

Lynn Margulis

Schwartzman's account of the current status of our ancient self-organizing biosphere helps reunite the arbitrary schism between biology and geology. As a modern, 'hard-science'natural history, this readable book that details the reciprocal effects of Earth's changing conditions, especially temperature, on life and its evolutionary history, fascinates. Highly original yet entirely responsible, this work will be of great interest especially to environmental scientists and their students.

Lynn Margulis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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