12.007 Geobiology: History of Life on Earth

Class Info

Surveys the interactive Earth system: biology in geologic, environmental and climate change throughout Earth's history. Introduces the concept of "life as a geological agent" and examines the interaction between biology and the Earth system during the roughly 4 billion years since life first appeared. Topics include the origin of the solar system and the early Earth atmosphere; the origin and evolution of life and its influence on climate up through and including the modern age and the problem of global warming; the global carbon cycle; and astrobiology.

This class has no prerequisites.

12.007 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by T. Bosak and R. Summons.

Lecture occurs 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 54-819.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Geobiology site or on the 12.007 Stellar site.

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