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The Cosmic Oasis

The Remarkable Story of Earth's Biosphere

Mark Williams & Jan Zalasiewicz

The Cosmic Oasis

The Cosmic Oasis

The Remarkable Story of Earth's Biosphere

The Cosmic Oasis

 

Apparently alone in the Universe, the Earth glows bright with life, a cosmic oasis of biodiversity. This book considers life on Earth, and human interactions with it culminating in our domination of the living world, and asks what we have learnt about our biosphere, the risks it faces, and how we might become stewards of the life around us.


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Beschrijving The Cosmic Oasis

Alone in the known universe the Earth glows bright with life, a unique cosmic oasis of biodiversity which is now under threat from our own actions.

The Earth is a unique as a living planet, a cosmic oasis drifting in the vastness of barren space. It is strikingly and obviously different from our nearest heavenly neighbours, the Moon, Venus and Mars, in its thin skin of biology, extending from the surface for a few kilometres into the crust, and for a few tens of kilometres into the air. But how did this remarkable abundance and diversity of life arise? How has life survived over the enormous time frame of Earth's history? And does it
continue to flourish now, especially with the growing pressure for space from humans?

The Cosmic Oasis examines life on Earth, from our earliest interactions with animals and plants to our absolute domination of biology. It follows our developing understanding of life's origins, its remarkable complexity, and its interactions with the air, oceans and land. It also shows how patterns of diversity across the surface of the planet evolved, and how humans are now homogenising these, degrading both biodiversity and the space in which life can exist. Within this overall trend
of loss there are some remarkable examples of survival, from the beneficial relationships between the gelada monkeys and wolves of the Ethiopian highlands, and the people and brown howler monkeys of Porte Allegre in Brazil, to interactions between you and your gut microbiome. Thoughout, the authors ask what
these interactions can teach us about building a better relationship with nature, and consider how we might become stewards, rather than destructive exploiters, of the life around us.


ISBN
9780198845874
Pagina's
304
Verschijnt
NUR
922
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

Biologie algemeen