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Scientists debate Gaia : the next century

Author: Stephen Henry Schneider; et al
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2004.
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The Gaia hypothesis holds that the Earth's physical and biological processes are linked to form a complex, self-regulating system, and that life has affected this over time. This title examines both this theory, as well as other Gaian processes.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Henry Schneider; et al
ISBN: 0262194988 9780262194983
OCLC Number: 53483471
Description: xvii, 377 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Pedro Ruiz Torres --
Reflections on Gaia / James Lovelock --
Gaia by any other name / Lynn Margulis --
Clarifying Gaia : regulation with or without natural selection / Timothy M. Lenton --
Gaia is life in a wasteworld of byproducts / Tyler Volk --
Models and geophysiological hypotheses / Arthur C. Petersen --
Gaia : toward a thermodynamics of life / Eric D. Schneider --
Gaia, extended organisms, and emergent homeostasis / J. Scott Turner --
Homeostatic Gaia : an ecologist's perspective on the possibility of regulation / David Wilkinson --
Phosphorus, a servant faithful to Gaia? Biosphere remediation rather than regulation / Karl B. Föllmi ... [et al.] --
Self-regulation of ocean composition by the biosphere / Lee R. Kump --
A new biogeochemical earth system model for the Phanerozoic Eon / Noam M. Bergman, Timothy M. Lenton and Andrew J. Watson --
Gaia and glaciation : Lipalian (Vendian) environmental crisis / Mark A.S. McMenamin --
Does life drive disequilibrium in the biosphere? / David Schwartzman and Tyler Volk --
Biotic plunder : control of the environment by biological exhaustion of resources / Toby Tyrrell --
Gaia : the living earth - 2,500 years of precedents in natural science and philosophy / Bruce Scofield --
Concerned with trifles? A geophysiological reading of Charles Darwin's last book / Eileen Crist --
Gradient reduction theory : thermodynamics and the purpose of life / Dorion Sagan and Jessica Hope Whiteside --
Gaia and complexity / Lee F. Klinger --
Gaia and observer self-selection / Andrew J. Watson --
Taming Gaia : the history of the Dutch lowlands as an analogy to global change / Peter Westbroek --
Gaia and the human species / Crispin Tickell --
Daisyworld homeostasis and the earth system / S.L. Weber and J.M. Robinson --
Salvaging the Daisyworld parable under the dynamic area fraction framework / K.M. Nordstrom, V.K. Gupta and T.N. Chase --
Food web complexity enhances ecological and climatic stability in a Gaian ecosystem model / Stephan P. Harding --
Gaia in the machine : the artificial life approach / Keith Downing --
On causality and ice age deglaciations / Alexandre Casanovas and Vicent Gómez --
Amazonian biogeography as a test for Gaia / Axel Kleidon --
Modeling feedbacks between water and vegetation in the North African climate system / James R. Miller and Gary L. Russell --
Extraterrestrial Gaias / S. Franck ... [et al.] --
The Tinto River, an extreme Gaian environment / Felipe Gómez ... [et al.] --
Climate and the Amazon - a Gaian system? / Peter Bunyard --
On the co-evolution of life and its environment / S.A.L.M. Kooijman --
Stability and instability in ecological systems : Gaia theory and evolutionary biology / Francesco Santini and Lodovico Galleni --
Appendix. Studying Gaia : the NASA Planetary Biology Internship (PBI) program.
Responsibility: edited by Stephen H. Schneider ... [et al.].

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Leading scientists bring the controversy over Gaia up to date by exploring a broad range of recent thinking on Gaia theory.  Read more...

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