Lovelock and Gaia Signs of Life
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How is it possible that Earth's atmospheric temperature has remained perfectly suited to supporting life for billions of years? Why do oxygen levels in the atmosphere remain relatively stable when only a minuscule increase would cause everything on Earth to spontaneously combust? Why are the oceans salty, but not salty enough to make them uninhabitable? In the 1960s, an English scientist names James Lovelock formulated a groundbreaking and highly controversial explanation: Earth is alive. Naming his theory after the ancient Greek earth goddess, Lovelock's "Gaia hypothesis" argued that everything on the planet -- air, water, soil, and living organisms -- somehow act together in a global,…
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 9/29/2004
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|From Hypothesis to Theory|
|From Gaia to Geophysiology|
|From Geophysiology to Earth System Science|
|Gaia Gets Respectable|