Unpacking the history of how Earth feeds life, and life changes Earth

During the 1970’s, a theory called the “Gaia hypothesis” was developed by Lynn Margulis and James Lovelock based on the Russian idea that all living organisms contribute to how their environment is shaped and maintained. Many scientists claim that we are actually made up of stardust. It is theorized that an explosion of stardust is what compounded the elements that make up our bodies, which is how we put this Gaia Hypothesis into direct action.

Key Takeaways:

  • To the untrained eye, the relationship between biology or life, and rocks or geology, does not exist.
  • History has shown that geological processes has shaped much of life. One of these is in evolution where geology has created favorable conditions for evolution to occur.
  • It is now being realized that living organisms, or biology, can shape their environment and bring changes to it. This idea gave rise to the Gaia hypothesis.

“That little help may have come from bacteria producing the heat-trapping gas methane, with significant amounts of this greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere.”

Read more: https://theconversation.com/unpacking-the-history-of-how-earth-feeds-life-and-life-changes-earth-103162

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