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Molecular Biology of Gaia

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ISBN-10: 0231105126

ISBN-13: 9780231105125

Edition: 1996

Authors: George Ronald Williams

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Book details

List price: $75.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/12/1996
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 9.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Prologue
The Question of Habitability
Extinctions
Geochemical Shifts
Ice Ages
Biogeochemical Cycles
Assimilation in the Carbon Cycle
Regenerating the Nutrient Pool
Dimensions of the Anthropogenic Perturbation
Human Impact on the Carbon Cycle (1) Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide; (2) Other Carbon Compounds of the Atmosphere
Human Impact on the Nitrogen Cycle
Human Impact on the Phosphorus Cycle
Human Impact on the Sulfur Cycle
Acid Rain
Ozone
The Greenhouse Effect
The Life Boundary and Environmental Homeostasis
The Basis for Stability (1) Luck; (2) Size; (3) Equilibrium; (4) Feedback
Biochemical Processes in the Geochemical Feedback Loops (1) Oxygen; (2) Carbon Dioxide; (3) Sulfate and Clouds
Global Metabolism, Geophysiology, and Gaian Metaphors
Global Metabolism: Description, Simile, or Metaphor?
Gaia and Geophysiology
Justifying the Gaian Metaphors
Patterns of Metabolic Control (1) Feedback Inhibition; (2) Allosteric Modulation; (3) Enzymic Cascades; (4) Gene Regulation
Organismic Homeostasis
Teleonomy and the Biological Critique of Gaia
Habitability and Adaptation
Adaptation in Molecular Terms
The Evolution of Physiological Regulation
Gaia, Adaptation, and Selection
The Daisyworld Answer and Its Problems
How Can a Daisyworld Originate?
Molecular Regulation and Global Metabolism
Can Global Stability Be Linked to Physiological Homeostasis?
Liebig's Law and Redfield's Ratios: Coordination at the Ecological Level
The Molecular Basis of the Global Nitrogen Cycle
The Molecular Control of Glutamine Synthetase
The Molecular Control of Nitrate Reductase
The Molecular Control of Nitrogenase
Toward a Molecular Biology of Gaia
References
Index