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easy-to-read; a beginners guide to Gaia,
By A Customer
This review is from: Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth (Paperback)
"Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth" explores the idea that the earth is a self-regulating, homeostatic system. Lovelock discusses the history of life on earth and the impact that all living creatures, from micro-organisms to humans, have had on our ever-changing planet. "Gaia" is clearly written, if a little informal at times, with short concise chapters explaining evidence for the existence of Gaia; the interaction between the biotic and abiotic parts of the earth and its atmosphere necessary to maintain constant gaseous and oceanic conditions to sustain life. Suitable for geographers and scientists alike, "Gaia" is an extension of Darwinian theory. This book challenges conventional theories and throws new light on the causes and consequences of current and topical environmental issues. Highly recommended. I will be reading more by Lovelock in the future.