Introduction to Geomicrobiology is a timely andcomprehensive overview of how microbial life has affectedEarth’s environment through time. It shows how the ubiquityof microorganisms, their high chemical reactivity, and theirmetabolic diversity make them a significant factor controlling thechemical composition of our planet.


The following topics are covered:


  • how microorganisms are classified, the physical constraintsgoverning their growth, molecular approaches to studying microbialdiversity, and life in extreme environments
  • bioenergetics, microbial metabolic capabilities, and majorbiogeochemical pathways
  • chemical reactivity of the cell surface, metal sorption, andthe microbial role in contaminant mobility andbioremediation/biorecovery
  • microbiological mineral formation and fossilization
  • the function of microorganisms in mineral dissolution andoxidation, and the industrial and environmental ramifications ofthese processes
  • elemental cycling in biofilms, formation of microbialites, andsediment diagenesis
  • the events that led to the emergence of life, evolution ofmetabolic processes, and the diversification of the biosphere.

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