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The idea that living things and the atmosphere oceans and soils comprise an interactive self regulating system the Gaia concept was first proposed nearly thirty years ago Since then researchers have been seeking new connections between life and the global environment David Schwartzman contributes to that search by examining how the Earth's biosphere regulates itself over geologic time Emphasizing long term geologic trends not the short term perturbations that have received so much media attention eg the so called greenhouse effect the author presents and elucidates his theory of biospheric evolution Life Temperature and the Earth updates and modifies important aspects of the Gaia hypothesis In

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Ta that were either ignored or unavailable at the time the hypothesis was developed Schwartzman or unavailable at the time the hypothesis was developed Schwartzman that the Earth's climatic temperature has been biologically regulated amidst the backdrop of variable volcanic outgassing and an evolving sun The key to this regulation discussed here in depth has been the progressive increase in life's promotion of weathering on land over geologic time The book is the first to take note of strong evidence for much higher temperatures prior to about two billion years ago and their role in constraining the evolution of microbes and delaying the emergence of complex multicellular lifeSchwartzman sets the stage by introducing his theory of biospheric evolution and outlining the development of the Gaia concept during the 1980s and. Life, Temperature, and the Earth1990s He then presents a systematic exposition The Weathering Discussing The Habitability the weathering process discussing the habitability the Earth over geologic time and the role of such abiotic factors as tectonics and the carbon geodynamic cycle in climatic evolution The final third of the book turns to a reinterpretation of the surface temperature history of the Earth positing a much warmer Precambrian Earth surface than conventionally believed and discussing the implications of this fact to evolutionary biology and bioastronomy the search for life elsewhere in the universeDetermining the history of climate and investigating the self organization of the biosphere Life Temperature and the Earth explores the very foundations of environmental science and illuminates the Evolution Of Life Itse. of life itse.