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Geobiology : Objectives, Concepts, Perspectives - N. Noffke


Objectives, Concepts, Perspectives

By: N. Noffke

Hardcover Published: 10th May 2005
ISBN: 9780444520197
Number Of Pages: 204

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Geobiology is an exciting and rapidly developing research discipline that opens new perspectives in understanding Earth as a system. To determine and to exploit its possibilities, this promising scientific field will benefit from a discussion of its definition as a research discipline, its objectives, and its methodological approaches. Such a spirited discussion is the goal of the book "Geobiology: Objectives, Concepts, Perspectives." Geobiology touches various subdisciplines of geology and biology in many ways. The book will serve biogeochemists, paleontologists, biomineralogists, microbiologists and many others as a forum to determine future directions of geobiological research.

The book includes a section on the concept of geobiological studies, which combines the parent disciplines biology and geology. Several case studies describe geobiological investigations that serve to understand Earth in the present and past. The case studies give an overview of the general understanding of geobiology and lead the reader towards the current hot topics in this rising scientific discipline.
* New definition of the rising scientific discipline "geobiology"
* Overview into the broad spectrum of geobiological topics
* Insight into hot topics of current geobiological research

Introduction: Geobiology-a holistic scientific disciplinep. 1
Research Papers
Geobiology and the fossil record: eukaryotes, microbes, and their interactionsp. 5
Geobiology and paleobiogeography: tracking the coevolution of the Earth and its biotap. 23
The contributions of biogeomorphology to the emerging field of geobiologyp. 35
Temperature and salinity history of the Precambrian ocean: implications for the course of microbial evolutionp. 53
Production and cycling of natural microbial exopolymers (EPS) within a marine stromatolitep. 71
Microbial mats as bioreactors: populations, processes, and productsp. 87
Geobiology of microbial carbonates: metazoan and seawater saturation state influences on secular trends during the Phanerozoicp. 101
The role of microorganisms and biofilms in the breakdown and dissolution of quartz and glassp. 117
Expanding frontiers in deep subsurface microbiologyp. 131
Microbial transformations of organic matter in black shales and implications for global biogeochemical cyclesp. 157
Geo-biological aspects of coastal oil pollutionp. 171
Biogeochemistry: now and into the futurep. 191
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ISBN: 9780444520197
ISBN-10: 0444520198
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 10th May 2005
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.2 x 19.2  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.7