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Geology and Comparative Biogeography

Lynne R. Parenti and Malte C. Ebach

in Comparative Biogeography

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780520259454
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944398 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520259454.003.0008
Geology and Comparative Biogeography

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This chapter discusses the relationship between geology and biological distribution in comparative biogeography, first introducing the physical processes that create different types of rock and then discussing how rocks are weathered and eroded. It also examines the process of fossilization and the effects of rock formation on the living world, suggesting that biology and geology play major roles in our understanding of the evolution of life and Earth. Overall, biology and geology have parallel aims—to diagnose and classify rocks or taxa, and to describe their development and evolution over time.

Keywords: comparative biogeography; rocks; fossilization; rock formation; biology; geology; evolution

Chapter.  6847 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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