Dance of Rock and Life: Energy, Evolution, and the Transformation of the Earth
Throughout its long history, life has been a force of planetary transformation, remaking the air, the rocks, the landscapes, even painting the colour of the sky and increasing the variety of Earth's minerals. But are the histories of life and Earth just one thing after another, or is there an underlying pattern that we can make sense of? Olivia Judson argues that there is a pattern and that life-Earth-history can be understood as a sequence of five epochs, each of which corresponds to the evolution of lifeforms that can access a new source of energy. With each new epoch, the diversity of life has become greater, ecosystems have become richer, and life has increased its impact on the planet.
Olivia Judson ist Evolutionsbiologin und Wissenschaftsjournalistin. Ihre vielbeachteten Artikel erschienen u.a. in The Economist, The New York Times und National Geographic.
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