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Main Title Geobiology Microbial Mats in Sandy Deposits from the Archean Era to Today / [electronic resource] :
Author Noffke, Nora.
Publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg,
Year Published 2010
ISBN 9783642127724
Subjects Geography ; Life sciences ; Sedimentology ; Microbiology ; Astrobiology
Internet Access
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Collation XI, 194 p. online resource.
Notes Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes Introduction -- Cyanobacteria: Taxonomic groups, physiology, photosynthesis, significance for Earth history -- Biofilms and Microbial Mats -- Microbial Interactions with Physical Sediment Dynamics in Modern Tidal Settings -- Microbially Induced sedimentary Structures -- Distribution of Microbially Induced Sedimentary Structures in the Fossil Record -- Field Trip Sites: Modern and Ancient -- Significance of Structures as Biosignatures for the Detection of Life on other Planets. A murmur is heard from the depths of time. Life and Earth are engaged in a dialog that has lasted for four billion years. Sometimes it's a whisper, sometimes a roar. One part sometimes gets the upper hand, dominates the discussion and sets the agenda. But mostly the two have some kind of mutual understanding, and the murmur goes on. Most of us don't listen. Nora does. She listens, and she tries to understand. Nora Noffke has focused her scientific career on the interaction between the living and the non-living. This is no mean task in an academic world where you are usually either this or that, such as either a biologist or a geologist. The amount of stuff you need to grasp is so large that it usually feels better to sit comfortably on one chair, rather than to risk falling between them. Geobiology is not for the faint of heart. Nora's focus is on that all-important biological substance mucus, or EPS (ext- cellular polymeric substance). EPS is the oil in the machinery, the freeway to travel for many small animals and protists, the coat of armour for others, the mortar in the brick wall for yet others. For microbes such as cyanobacteria it may be the world they built, the world they live, eat, fight, multiply, and die in.
Place Published Berlin, Heidelberg
Corporate Au Added Ent SpringerLink (Online service)
Host Item Entry Springer eBooks
PUB Date Free Form 2010
BIB Level m
Medium computer
Content text
Carrier online resource
Cataloging Source OCLC/T
OCLC Time Stamp 20141117021232
Language eng
OCLC Rec Leader 03076nam a22004215i 45