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Title Oxygen and the evolution of life / Heinz Decker, Kensal E. van Holde
Published Berlin ; Heidelberg ; New York : Springer, ©2011

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Description 1 online resource (xi, 172 pages) : illustrations
Contents Oxygen, Its Nature and Chemistry: What Is so Special About This Element? -- A Brief History of Oxygen -- Coping with Oxygen -- Aerobic Metabolism: Benefits from an Oxygenated World -- Facilitated Oxygen Transport -- Climate Over the Ages; Is the Environment Stable? -- Global Warming: Human Intervention in World Climate -- Oxygen in Medicine -- Oxygen and the Exploration of the Universe
Summary This book describes the interlaced histories of life and oxygen. It opens with the generation of oxygen in ancient stars and its distribution to newly formed planets like the Earth. Free O2 was not available on the early Earth, so the first life forms had to be anaerobic. Life introduced free O2 into the environment through the evolution of photosynthesis, which must have been a disaster for many anaerobes. Others found ways to deal with the toxic reactive oxygen species and even developed a much more efficient oxygen-based metabolism. The authors vividly describe how the introduction of O2 al
Analysis evolutie
evolution
zuurstof
oxygen
leven
life
Evolution and Phylogeny
Evolutie en fylogenie
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Oxygen -- Physiological transport.
Oxygen -- physiology
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Evolution.
Oxygen -- Physiological transport.
Sauerstoff
Atmosphäre
Evolution
Sauerstofftransport
Paläoklima
Palèaoklima.
Atmosphèare.
Form Electronic book
Author Decker, Heinz
Van Holde, K. E. (Kensal Edward), 1928-
ISBN 9783642131790
3642131794