Alien Ocean Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas

ISBN-10: 0520250621

ISBN-13: 9780520250628

Edition: 2008

Authors: Stefan Helmreich

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Alien Oceanimmerses 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.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/5/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Moorings
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Life at Sea
The Message from the Mud: Making Meaning Out of Microbes in Monterey Bay
Dissolving the Tree of Life: Alien Kinship at Hydrothermal Vents
Blue-Green Capitalism: Marine Biotechnology In Hawai'i
Alien Species, Native Politics: Mixing up Nature and Culture in Ocean O'Ahu
Abducting the Atlantic: How the Ocean Got Its Genome
Submarine Cyborgs: Transductive Ethnography at the Seafloor, Juan de Fuca Ridge
Extraterrestrial Seas: Astrobiology and the Nature of Alien Life
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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