Life as a Geological Force: Dynamics of the Earth

Peter Westbroek, Author, P. Westbroek, Author W. W. Norton & Company $21.95 (240p) ISBN 978-0-393-02932-1
Skipping from Florida Keys lagoons to the peat bogs of his native Netherlands, Westbroek offers a highly personal, delightfully informal introduction to the science of modern geology at the nexus of biology and environmental concern. A small but growing number of geologists now view the earth and its life-forms as a unified whole; rocks, tides, air and organisms are seen as part of an interactive global system instead of a haphazard interplay of forces. Geologist Westbroek gauges these scientists' work against James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis, which regards our planet as one huge living organism. Although he finds Gaia a ``rather fuzzy'' theory, interconnectedness is the keynote of this report, encompassing volcanoes in Java, plankton blooms, shifting tectonic plates and a green Scottish valley forred aeons ago when Scotland was part of North America. Illustrations. (May)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1991
Release date: 01/01/1991
Paperback - 978-0-393-30817-4
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