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The Biosphere : Copernicus Ser. - Vladimir I. Vernadsky

The Biosphere

Copernicus Ser.

By: Vladimir I. Vernadsky, D. B. Langmuir (Translator), L. Margulis (Preface by), M. Ceruti (Preface by), M. A. S. McMenamin (As told to)

Hardcover Published: 27th March 1998
ISBN: 9780387982687
Number Of Pages: 178

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Long unknown in the West, The Biosphere established the field of biogeochemistry and is one of the classic founding documents of what later became known as Gaia theory. It is the first sustained expression of the idea that life is a geological force that can change Earth's landforms, its climate, and even the contents of its atmosphere. A complete, unabridged translation has never before been available in English. This edition - complete with extensive annotations, an introductory essay placing the work in its historical context and explaining its relevance to readers today, and a foreword cosigned by a stellar group of international experts - will be the definitive edition of this classic work. "What Darwin did for life through time, Vernadsky did for life through space on a geological scale."

Foreword to the English-Language Editionp. 14
Introduction: The Invisibility of the Vernadskian Revolutionp. 20
Translator's Prefacep. 33
Editor's Note on Translation and Transliterationp. 34
Author's Preface to the French Editionp. 38
Author's Preface to the Russian Editionp. 39
The Biosphere in the Cosmos
The Biosphere in the Cosmic Mediump. 43
The Biosphere as a Region of Transformation of Cosmic Energyp. 47
The Empirical Generalization and the Hypothesisp. 51
Living Matter in the Biospherep. 56
The Multiplication of Organisms and Geochemical Energy in Living Matterp. 60
Photosynthetic Living Matterp. 72
Some Remarks on Living Matter in the Mechanism of the Biospherep. 85
The Domain of Life
The Biopshere: An Envelope of the Earthp. 91
Living Matter of the First and Second Orders in the Biospherep. 103
The Limits of Lifep. 113
The Limits of Life in the Biospherep. 117
Life in the Hydrospherep. 126
Geochemical Cycles of the Living Concentrations and Films of the Hydrospherep. 134
Living Matter on Landp. 142
The Relationship Between the Living Films and Concentrations of the Hydrosphere and Those of Landp. 148
A Biographical Chronologyp. 151
Vernadsky's Publications in Englishp. 159
Bibliographyp. 160
Acknowledgmentsp. 183
Indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9780387982687
ISBN-10: 038798268X
Series: Copernicus Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 178
Published: 27th March 1998
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 18.54  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Type: Annotated