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Silica Stories

  • Christina De La Rocha
  • Daniel J. Conley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Christina De La Rocha, Daniel J. Conley
    Pages 1-8
  3. Christina De La Rocha, Daniel J. Conley
    Pages 9-27
  4. Christina De La Rocha, Daniel J. Conley
    Pages 29-47
  5. Christina De La Rocha, Daniel J. Conley
    Pages 49-67
  6. Christina De La Rocha, Daniel J. Conley
    Pages 69-93
  7. Christina De La Rocha, Daniel J. Conley
    Pages 95-113
  8. Christina De La Rocha, Daniel J. Conley
    Pages 115-133
  9. Christina De La Rocha, Daniel J. Conley
    Pages 135-156
  10. Christina De La Rocha, Daniel J. Conley
    Pages 157-176
  11. Christina De La Rocha, Daniel J. Conley
    Pages 177-201

About this book

Introduction

Do you know silica, the tetrahedra of silicon and oxygen constituting the crystals of New Agers and the desiccant in a box of new shoes?  It's no mere mundane mineral. As chemically reacting silicate rocks, silica set off the chain of events known as the origin of life. As biomineralized opal, it is the cell wall, skeleton, spicules, and scales of organisms ornamenting numerous lobes of the tree of life. Cryptocrystalline silica made into stone tools helped drive the evolution of our hands and our capability for complex grammar, music, and mathematics. As quartz crystals, silica is impressively electric and ubiquitous in modern technology (think sonar, radios, telephones, ultrasound, and cheap but precise watches). Silica is inescapable when we take a drink or mow the lawn and it has already started to save the Earth from the carbon dioxide we're spewing into the atmosphere. This book tells these scientific tales and more, to give dear, modest silica its due.

Keywords

Biogeochemistry Human Evolution Crystals Biomineralization Ecology

Authors and affiliations

  • Christina De La Rocha
    • 1
  • Daniel J. Conley
    • 2
  1. 1.Writer and Visiting Scientist, Department of GeologyLund University Fargau-PratjauGermany
  2. 2.Geologiska institutionenLund University Geologiska institutionenLundSweden

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