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  • n  the regions of the surface and atmosphere of the Earth (or other planet) where living organisms exist

  • Says Canada's Minister of the Environment John Roberts: "Acid rain is one of the most devastating forms of pollution imaginable, an insidious malaria of the biosphere.
  • To travel outside the biosphere, even a little bit and for a short period of time, requires the most advanced engineering we can devise, and even then it is always dangerous.
  • Known as the biosphere to scientists and as the creation to theologians, all of life together consists of a membrane around earth so thin that it cannot be seen edgewise from a .
News & Articles

  • EurekaMag.com Publishes 54 Thousand New References on Trace Elements in the Biosphere
    The Life, Earth and Health Sciences Magazine EurekaMag.com provides 36 million references including 11 million summaries in the basic and applied biological, geographical and agricultural sciences. This content base has now been expanded to include 54,800 newly published references on trace element contents and deficiency in the biosphere. (PRWeb June 13, 2013) Read the full story at http://www ...
    June 13, 2013 - PRWeb
  • Deep biosphere harbors active, growing communities of microorganisms
    The deep biosphere -- the realm of sediments far below the seafloor -- harbors a vast ecosystem of bacteria, archaea, and fungi that are actively metabolizing, proliferating, and moving, according a new study. The finding of so much activity in the deep biosphere has implications for our understanding of global biogeochemical cycles.
    June 12, 2013 - Science Daily
  • Biosphere 2: Good Science, or Bad Sense?
    This Retro Report video revisits Biosphere 2, whose goal was to see if humans could sustain themselves in a sealed environment. What was deemed a fiasco had a surprising afterlife.
    June 10, 2013 - New York Times
Quotes

  • Pierre Trudeau in CTV.ca
    The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement was first signed in 1972, and at the time, then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau said it recognized "the fragility of our planet and the delicacy of the biosphere on which all life is dependent."
  • Chris McKay in Reuters Canada
    Things don't really start cooking from a biological point of view until trees start growing. Trees are the engines of the biosphere,McKay said.
  • Thomas Carell in Science Daily (press release)
    We have now shown that this picture is not entirely true,Carell says. "This cofactor is significantly more widespread in the biosphere than previously assumed. Most importantly, it also occurs in higher organisms, the so-called eukaryotes....

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