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Earth Sciences & Geography - Geology | Introduction to Geobiology

Introduction to Geobiology

Noffke, Nora

2015, 175 p. 150 illus., 30 illus. in color.

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  • The book helps geoscientists to use modern life and its interaction with modern Earth as model to decipher the history of Earth
  • Scientists learn to see life as part of Earth, and Earth as sensitive system that changes with its biosphere
  • The book covers geobiology topics currently intensively debated in the scientific community
This book is an introductionary overview on the novel and rapidly evolving scientific discipline geobiology. Geobiology studies Earth from both geological and biological perspective. This book covers the many facets of this research field, and underlines its potential for the exploration of the definition of life, the co-evolution of life and Earth, the appreciation of global environmental problems, and the detection of life in the universe. This book may serve the advanced reader as compass for future studies, and as guideline for instruction.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Co-evolution - Earth history - Geobiology - Human impact - Life detection - origin of life

Related subjects » Astrobiology - Geology - Microbiology

Table of contents 

Definition of Life.- Early Worlds of Earth.- Earth’s Rocks Change: the Significance of Biominerals.- The Breath of Earth: The First Multicellular Organisms.- Life as Architect: The Invention of Shells.- Rise and Decline of Superorganisms.- Shaping Earth for Human Habitation.- Biotechnology: Blessing or Curse?.- Universal Life.

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