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The Biosphere

  • Authors
  • Vladimir¬†I.¬†Vernadsky

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages n1-41
  2. The Biosphere in the Cosmos

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 42-42
    2. Vladimir I. Vernadsky
      Pages 43-47
    3. Vladimir I. Vernadsky
      Pages 51-56
    4. Vladimir I. Vernadsky
      Pages 56-60
    5. Vladimir I. Vernadsky
      Pages 72-84
  3. The Domain of Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Vladimir I. Vernadsky
      Pages 91-102
    3. Vladimir I. Vernadsky
      Pages 113-117
    4. Vladimir I. Vernadsky
      Pages 117-125
    5. Vladimir I. Vernadsky
      Pages 126-134
    6. Vladimir I. Vernadsky
      Pages 142-148
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 151-195

About this book

Introduction

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".

Keywords

Scale biosphere earth gaia geochemistry

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