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Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series

Encyclopedia of Geobiology

Editors: Reitner, Joachim, Thiel, Volker (Eds.)

  • Provides a unique single reference for the rapidly evolving field of geobiology
  • Offers cross-disciplinary coverage, drawing from the many disciplines that contribute to our understanding of geobiology
  • Features a comprehensive compilation of modern geobiological methods
  • Helps readers understand and solve problems in such areas as environmental protection, public health, energy, and resource management
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About this Reference Work

The interplay between Geology and Biology has shaped the Earth from the early Precambrian, 4 billion years ago. Moving beyond the borders of the classical core disciplines, Geobiology strives to identify cause-and-effect chains and synergisms between the geo- and the biospheres that have been driving evolution of life in modern and ancient environments. Combining modern methods, geobiological information can be extracted not only from visible remains of organisms, but also from organic molecules, rock fabrics, minerals, isotopes and other tracers. Exploring these processes and their signatures also creates enormous applied potentials with respect to issues of environment protection, public health, energy and resource management. The Encyclopedia of Geobiology is designed as a key reference for students, researchers, teachers, and the informed public to provide basic, but comprehensible knowledge on this rapidly expanding discipline at the interface between modern geo- and biosciences.

About the authors

Dr. Joachim Reitner is Professor of Paleontology, Head of the Department of Geobiology, and Managing Director of the Museum, Collections and Geopark, at the University of Göttingen, Germany. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences (Springer), Co-Editor of Facies (Springer), and Associate Editor of the Geomicrobiology Journal (Taylor & Francis).

Dr. Reitner’s research focuses on the interplay between organisms and their metabolic processes with various abiotic parameters. Many geological processes can be understood as geo-physiological processes, allowing chemical reactions that would never run under standard thermodynamic conditions. Therefore, a major thrust of Dr. Reitner’s research activities is the investigation of the evolution of these processes, visible in biosignatures and biomineralization patterns and their interaction with biogeochemical cycles.

Among his many honors and accolades, Dr. Reitner is the recipient of the G. W. Leibniz Award from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Dr. Volker Thiel is Professor of Organic Geochemistry in the Geoscience Center at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Dr. Thiel has been involved in geobiological research for some 15 years, with a focus on the use of organic molecules as chemical tracers (biomarkers) for biogeochemical pathways.

His research interests include lipid biomarkers as indicators for biogeochemical processes; molecular fossils, biological formation, and turnover of methane; and microbial control on mineral formation. The results of his studies have significantly contributed to identifying the microbial processes associated with methane turnover in modern and ancient environments. Much of Dr. Thiel’s current work is devoted to new approaches to enhance the spatial resolution of biomarker analysis in geobiological systems.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This new encyclopedia features 228 articles written by 165 experts worldwide. … deal with a wide range of topics, including micro- and macro- organisms, the relationship between life-forms and geologic environments, features and deposits, and biogeochemical processes. … The Encyclopedia of Geobiology is the only comprehensive volume on the topic presently available. … some would be understandable to undergraduates, but most would be more useful to graduate students and professionals. Summing Up: Recommended. Research collections serving graduate students through professionals in the earth sciences.” (L. R. Zellmer, Choice, Vol. 49 (1), September, 2011)

“There are about 200 full entries … in this encyclopaedia. … The book is well laid out. There are a reasonable number of diagrams and maps and many pictures. … I enjoyed rummaging through this book and learned a lot. Any one involved in geobiology (or either component partner) will get good value from this volume.” (John Goodier, Reference Reviews, Vol. 26 (1), 2012)


Table of contents (228 chapters)

  • Acetogens

    Küsel, Kirsten (et al.)

    Pages 1-5

  • Acid Rock Drainage

    Warren, Lesley A.

    Pages 5-8

  • Acritarchs

    Reitner, Joachim (et al.)

    Pages 8-8

  • Aerobic Metabolism

    Cypionka, Heribert

    Pages 8-10

  • Acidophiles

    Reitner, Joachim (et al.)

    Pages 8-8

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  • Due: May 14, 2011
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Encyclopedia of Geobiology
Editors
  • Joachim Reitner
  • Volker Thiel
Series Title
Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates: Pan World General Trading LLC, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Print + eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9213-8
Print ISBN
978-1-4020-9211-4
eReference ISBN
978-1-4020-9212-1
Series ISSN
1388-4360
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 927
Number of Illustrations and Tables
450 b/w illustrations, 32 illustrations in colour
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