Modern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences

Links Between Geological Processes, Microbial Activities & Evolution of Life

Microbes and Geology

Editors: Dilek, Yildirim, Furnes, Harald, Muehlenbachs, Karlis (Eds.)

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Microbial activities influence water-rock interaction processes and chemical transport between the major geochemical reservoirs and the formation/transformation of minerals and rocks, whereas geological processes and geochemical controls influence the microbial ecology in extreme environments. How biological activity influences geological processes and what role these processes played in the geological evolution of the Earth are fundamental questions. How do we recognize the ancient microbial activities in the rock record and what analytical methods do we use to document them to better understand the evolution of life? Can we detect the existence of microbial life in deep time by studying Archaean rocks? Microbial systems in extreme environments and in the deep biosphere may be analogous to potential life on other planetary bodies and hence may be used to investigate the possibilities of extraterrestrial life.

This book explores these questions in an interdisciplinary approach, and examines the mode and nature of links between geological processes and microbial activities and their significance for the origin and evolution of life on the Earth and possibly on other planets.

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From the reviews: “This compilation of review papers authored by prominent researchers in this field is the result of a Symposium held at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in 2006. It is a contemporary, provocative, and very aesthetic manuscript covering a wide range of topics and accompanied by an extraordinary number of high-quality colored figures. … The book is generally well written … . Undoubtedly, this book should be very useful to researchers interested in the field of turbulence.” (Andrzej Icha, Pure and Applied Geophysics, Vol. 167, 2010)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Oceanic Pillow Lavas and Hyaloclastites as Habitats for Microbial Life Through Time – A Review

    Furnes, Harald (et al.)

    Pages 1-68

  • Microbial Colonization of Various Habitable Niches During Alteration of Oceanic Crust

    Ivarsson, Magnus (et al.)

    Pages 69-111

  • Ambient Inclusion Trails: Their Recognition, Age Range and Applicability to Early Life on Earth

    Wacey, David (et al.)

    Pages 113-134

  • Spatial Distribution of the Subseafloor Life: Diversity and Biogeography

    Inagaki, Fumio (et al.)

    Pages 135-158

  • Analysis of Deep Subsurface Microbial Communities by Functional Genes andGenomics

    Teske, Andreas (et al.)

    Pages 159-176

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Links Between Geological Processes, Microbial Activities & Evolution of Life
Book Subtitle
Microbes and Geology
Editors
  • Yildirim Dilek
  • Harald Furnes
  • Karlis Muehlenbachs
Series Title
Modern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8306-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8306-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8305-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7837-7
Series ISSN
1876-1682
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 348
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