Description - Introduction to Geomicrobiology by Kurt O. Konhauser
Introduction to Geomicrobiology is a timely and comprehensive overview of how microbial life has affected Earth's environment through time. The book covers the following topics: how microorganisms are classified, the physical constraints governing their growth, methods used to study their phylogenetic diversity, and life in extreme environments microbial metabolic capabilities and major biogeochemical pathways the chemical reactivity of the cell surface, metal sorption and the microbial role in contaminant transport and bioremediation/biorecovery microbiological mineral formation and fossilisation the function of microorganisms in mineral dissolution and oxidation and the industrial and environmental ramifications of these processes the role of microorganisms in elemental cycling from biofilms to the ocean sedimentary column. Based on concepts from the earlier chapters, the book concludes with a synopsis of the events that led to the emergence of life and the subsequent evolution of the biosphere.
This book is an essential reference for upper level undergraduate and graduate students in Earth and Biological Sciences, and students and researchers in Soil Sciences, Hydrology, Limnology/Oceanography and Engineering.
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Author Biography - Kurt O. Konhauser
Kurt Konhauser is a Canada Research Chair in Geomicrobiology in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. He is also Editor-in-Chief for Geobiology. His current research interests include the role of bacteria in modern mineral precipitation, and how those same processes may have contributed to the preservation of early life forms and the formation of Precambrian banded iron formations.