The Molecular Biology of Gaia (Google eBook)

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Columbia University Press, Aug 13, 2013 - Science - 256 pages
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The Gaia hypothesis, set forth by British scientist James Lovelock, has widely influenced environmentalists and the general public alike. Overall, however, the scientific community has been remarkably less receptive. The Molecular Biology of Gaia is a compelling integration of the hypothesis in terms of molecular biology.

  

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Contents

The Question of Habitability
1
Extinctions
3
Geochemical Shifts
7
Ice Ages
9
Biogeochemical Cycles
14
Assimilation in the Carbon Cycle
20
Regenerating the Nutrient Pool
25
Dimensions of the Anthropogenic Perturbation
36
Gala and Geophysiology
108
Justifying the Gaian Metaphors
111
Patterns of Metabolic Control
114
3 Enzymic Cascades
118
Organismic Homeostasis
120
Teleonomy and the Biological Critique of Gaia
123
Adaptation in Molecular Terms
127
The Evolution of Physiological Regulation
130

Human Impact on the Carbon Cycle
39
2 Other Carbon Compounds of the Atmosphere
49
Human Impact on the Nitrogen Cycle
52
Human Impact on the Phosphorus Cycle
55
Human Impact on the Sulfur Cycle
57
Acid Rain
58
Ozone
60
The Greenhouse Effect
63
The Life Boundary and Environmental Homeostasis
65
The Basis for Stability
69
Biochemical Processes in the Geochemical Feedback Loops
79
Global Metabolism Geophysiology and Gaian Metaphors
103
Description Simile or Metaphor?
104
Gala Adaptation and Selection
134
The Daisyworld Answer and Its Problems
138
How Can a Daisyworld Originate?
142
Molecular Regulation and Global Metabolism
146
Coordination at the Ecological Level
149
The Molecular Basis of the Global Nitrogen Cycle
154
The Molecular Control of Glutamine Synthetase
157
The Molecular Control of Nitrate Reductase
167
The Molecular Control of Nitrogenase
171
Toward a Molecular Biology of Gaia
176
References
183
Index
205
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Ian Armit is Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Historical Scotland and author of Beyond the Brochs.

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