Scientists on Gaia. Stephen S. Schneider and reviews the geochemical cycles of sulfur, oxygen, Penelope J. Boston, Eds. 1992. 433 pp. $55.00. carbon, and other geological and atmospheric pro- Hardbound. The MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-19310-8. cesses. The possibility of Gaia-like control resides especially in microbiota and vegetation because of the Scientists on Gaia, based on an AGU Chapman relatively large mass of materials that they process. conference, is a well-edited and beautifully laid-out Gaia has been fruitful as a basis for exploring the book, rich in scientific and philosophical ideas. The exchange of sulfur between oceans and atmospheres. science evolves around global biogeochemical cycles Research over the last decade has established that that are intimately linked to the living world and that sulfur is transmitted from the oceans to the atmo- impact atmospheric composition and climate, and sphere primarily through dimethyl sulfide (DMS). This accordingly represent practical realizations of the con- gas arises from certain microflora and is oxidized in the cept of "Gaia." One reason to read the book is to find atmosphere to sulfate aerosol. This aerosol is the out what Gaia is. This would be by far the best dominant source of cloud-condensation nuclei (CCN) reference
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