Environmental evolution : effects of the origin and evolution of life on planet earth.
|Format:||Print Book 2000|
|Availability:||Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy|
In this book fifteen distinguished scientists discuss the effects of life--past and present--on planet Earth. Unlike other earth science and biology books, Environmental Evolution describes the impact of life on the Earth's rocky surfaces presenting an integrated view of how our planet evolved. Modeled on the Environmental Evolution course developed by Lynn Margulis and colleagues, it provides a unique synthesis of atmospheric, biological, and geological hypotheses that explain the present condition of the biosphere. The book develops scientific concepts essential to the reconstruction of the intertwined history of Earth's air, rocks, water, and life. After an introduction by James E. Lovelock on Gaia theory, the material proceeds in roughly chronological order from the origin of life in the early Archean Eon to the emergence of new environmental diseases in today's industrialized world. The second edition has been thoroughly revised, with more comprehensive chapters, additional illustrations, and new references.
Elso S. Barghoorn, Robert Buchsbaum, David Deamer, Stjepko Golubic, Jonathan King, Antonio Lazcano, James E. Lovelock, Lynn Margulis, Clifford Matthews, Michael McElroy, Mark McMenamin, Raymond Siever, Paul Strother, Tony Swain, Neil Todd
ContentsThe Gaia hypothesis / James E. Lovelock.
Comparison of planetary atmospheres: Mars, Venus and Earth / Michael McElroy.
Chemical evolution in a hydrogen cyanide world / Clifford Matthews.
Origins of membrane structure / David Deamer.
Origins of life: history of ideas / Antonio Lazcano.
Clues to life in the Archean eon / Paul K. Strother and Elso S. Barghoorn.
Microbial landscapes: Abu Dhabi and Shark Bay / Stjepko Golubic.
Symbiosis and the origin of protists / Lynn Margulis.
The antiquity of life: from life's origin to the end of the Lipalian period / Mark McMenamin.
Continental drift and plate tectonics / Raymond Siever.
Chemical signals from plants and phanerozoic evolution / Toney Swain.
Mammalian evolution: Karyotypic fission theory / Neil Todd.
Environmental pollution and the emergence of new diseases / Jonathan King.
Appendix A: Teaching strategy.
Appendix B: Five-kingdom classification scheme.
Appendix C: Background reading.
Appendix D: Geological time.
Appendix E: Modes of nutrition.
Appendix F: Field trips.
Appendix G: The evolution of life.
|Publisher|| Cambridge, Mass. :MIT Press,2000
|Edition||2nd ed. /|
xvi, 338 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
|ISBN||0262631970 (alk. paper)