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On Gaia : a critical investigation of the relationship between life and earth

Author: Toby Tyrrell
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One of the enduring questions about our planet is how it has remained continuously habitable over vast stretches of geological time despite the fact that its atmosphere and climate are potentially unstable. James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis posits that life itself has intervened in the regulation of the planetary environment in order to keep it stable and favorable for life. First proposed in the 1970s, Lovelock's  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Toby Tyrrell
ISBN: 9780691121581 0691121583
OCLC Number: 820118860
Description: x, 311 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Gaia, the grand idea --
Good citizens or selfish genes? --
Life at the edge : lessons from extremophiles --
Temperature paces life --
Icehouse earth --
Given enough time --
Evolutionary innovations and environmental change --
A stable or an unstable world? --
The puzzle of life's long persistence --
Conclusions.
Responsibility: Toby Tyrrell.

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"One of the enduring questions about our planet is how it has remained continuously habitable over vast stretches of geological time despite the fact that its atmosphere and climate are potentially unstable. James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis posits that life itself has intervened in the regulation of the planetary environment in order to keep it stable and favorable for life. First proposed in the 1970s, Lovelock's hypothesis remains highly controversial and continues to provoke fierce debate. On Gaia undertakes the first in-depth investigation of the arguments put forward by Lovelock and other--and concludes that the evidence doesn't stack up in support of Gaia."--

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