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Lovelock and Gaia Signs of Life

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ISBN-10: 0231134304

ISBN-13: 9780231134309

Edition: 2004

Authors: Jon Turney

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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,…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 9/29/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 168
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Goldilocks' Planet
Going Public
From Hypothesis to Theory
From Gaia to Geophysiology
From Geophysiology to Earth System Science
Gaia Gets Respectable
Further Reading