For more than fifty years scientists have been concerned with theinterrelationships of Earth and life. Over the past decade, however, geobiology, the name given to this interdisciplinaryendeavour, has emerged as an exciting and rapidly expanding field, fuelled by advances in molecular phylogeny, a new microbial ecologymade possible by the molecular revolution, increasinglysophisticated new techniques for imaging and determining chemicalcompositions of solids on nanometer scales, the development ofnon-traditional stable isotope analyses, Earth systems science andEarth system history, and accelerating exploration of other planetswithin and beyond our solar system.
Geobiology has many faces: there is the microbial weathering ofminerals, bacterial and skeletal biomineralization, the roles ofautotrophic and heterotrophic metabolisms in elemental cycling, theredox history in the oceans and its relationship to evolution andthe origin of life itself..
This book is the first to set out a coherent set of principlesthat underpin geobiology, and will act as a foundational text thatwill speed the dissemination of those principles. The chapters havebeen carefully chosen to provide intellectually rich but concisesummaries of key topics, and each has been written by one or moreof the leading scientists in that field..
Fundamentals of Geobiology is aimed at advancedundergraduates and graduates in the Earth and biological sciences, and to the growing number of scientists worldwide who have aninterest in this burgeoning new discipline.
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