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Gaia's Body By Tyler Volk

Gaia's Body
by Tyler Volk

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This text describes: the environment which enables the biosphere to exist; various ways of looking at its "anatomy" and "physiology"; the major biogeographical regions such as rainforests and tundra; the major substances the biosphere is made of; and the chemical cycles that keep it in balance.
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Gaia's Body: Toward a Physiology of Earth by Tyler Volk

If the biosphere really is a single coherent system, then it must have something like a physiology. It must have systems and processes that perform living functions. In this text, the author describes the environment that enables the biosphere to exist, various ways of looking at its "anatomy" and "physiology", the major biogeographical regions such as rainforests, deserts, and tundra, the major substances the biosphere is made of, and the chemical cycles that keep it in balance. He then looks at the question of whether there are any long-term trends in the Earth's evolution, and examines the role of humanity in Gaia's past and future. This book describes, for scientists, students, and lay readers alike, the theory's basis in science.

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..".an outstanding contribution to global ecology. The book is very well written and easy for a broadly educated audience to follow. ...I read it as an exciting novel." Nature

Table of Contents


FANTASTIC VOYAGES. A view from above. A view from within.- GAIA AS HOLARCHY. Mats of microbes. Inward and outward causation. Planetary problems and opportunities.- OUTER LIGHT, INNER FIRE. Inclines of light. Architectures of heat. Feedbacks between life and climate.- PRIMARY SUBSTANCES OF GAIA. Air. Water. Earth. Wood.- GEOMETRIES FOR GLOBAL METABOLISM. Interpenetrations. Sheets, tubes, and tiny spheres. A spectrum of borders.- WORLD WIDE GENES. Collective green. Little enzymes that run the world.- BIOGEOCHEMICAL SYMPHONY. Carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, etc. Elemental mergings and partings. A paradox of Gaia's closure.- MOMENTS OF TRANSFORMATION. Internal thresholds. Jolts from space.- ARROWS IN THE LIFE OF GAIA. Persistence. Self-evolution. Evolution of the holarchy.- EPILOGUE: HUMANITY AS A SUBSTANCE OF GAIA.

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GOR005284355
Gaia's Body: Toward a Physiology of Earth by Tyler Volk
Tyler Volk
Copernicus
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
1997-10-23
288
0387982701
9780387982700
N/A
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