Limits of Life

Proceedings of the Fourth College Park Colloquium on Chemical Evolution, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, U.S.A., October 18th to 20th, 1978

  • Cyril Ponnamperuma
  • Lynn Margulis

Part of the Limits of Life book series (PCPC, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Richard Y. Morita
    Pages 25-32
  3. Stjepko Golubic
    Pages 69-83
  4. Michael J. Newman
    Pages 99-104
  5. Joel S. Levine, Robert E. Boughner, Kathryn A. Smith
    Pages 105-119
  6. Kenneth H. Nealson, Bradley Tebo
    Pages 173-182
  7. William A. Bonner, Neal E. Blair, Richard M. Lemmon
    Pages 183-194
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 195-199

About these proceedings


This volume is the fourth in the series of the Proceedings of the College Park Colloquia on Chemical Evolution. These Colloquia, and the resulting Proceedings, are presented in the interest of fostering the impact of the interdisciplinary nature of chemical evolu­ tion on contemporary scientific thought. vii EDITORS'INTRODUCTION The Fourth College Park Colloquium on Chemical Evolution was held on October 18 - 20, 1978 at the University of Maryland. The meeting, supported by the National Aero­ nautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation, centered on the variable environments, both past and present, in which living organisms have survived, grown, and evolved - the limits of life. Previous colloquia had emphasized the Giant Planets (1974) 1, Early Life during the Precambrian (1975)2 and Comparative Planetology (1976)3. The College Park Colloquia have been noted for the broad interdisciplinary nature of the training and interests of the participants. The fourth meeting was no ex­ ception with the participation of approximately 85 researchers, representing many academic fields. As with previous meetings, the interdisciplinary approach to the question of the limits of life encouraged the exchange of knowledge and information. A major scientific aspiration is to understand why living systems are restricted to certain environments.


Cambrian atmosphere bacteria desert environment evolution formation isotope metabolism ozone radiation research soil temperature water

Editors and affiliations

  • Cyril Ponnamperuma
    • 1
  • Lynn Margulis
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Chemical Evolution, Dept. of ChemistryUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of BiologyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-9087-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-9085-2
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