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Life's engines : how microbes made Earth habitable

Author: Paul G Falkowski
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2015]
Series: Science essentials (National Academy of Sciences (U.S.))
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For almost four billion years, microbes had the primordial oceans all to themselves. The stewards of Earth, these organisms transformed the chemistry of our planet to make it habitable for plants, animals, and us. Life's Engines takes readers deep into the microscopic world to explore how these marvelous creatures made life on Earth possible--and how human life today would cease to exist without them. Paul  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul G Falkowski
ISBN: 9780691155371 0691155372 9780691173351 0691173354
OCLC Number: 893668832
Awards: Short-listed for "Choice"'s Outstanding Academic Titles for the Year 2015
Description: x, 205 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The missing microbes --
Meet the microbes --
The world before time --
Life's little engines --
Supercharging the engines --
Protecting the core genes --
Cell mates --
Supersizing in wonderland --
The fragile species --
The tinkerers --
Microbes on Mars and butterflies on Venus?
Series Title: Science essentials (National Academy of Sciences (U.S.))
Responsibility: Paul G. Falkowski.

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Looks at how ancient microorganisms in primordial oceans transformed the chemistry of the planet over billions of years, eventually allowing the development of more complex forms of life, and how  Read more...
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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2015 "[Life's Engines] is full of surprises ... [I]mmensely rewarding."--Tim Flannery, New York Review of Books "Entertaining, easy-to-read and Read more...

 
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