Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Gaia Hypothesis

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_777

The Gaia hypothesis was proposed by the British atmospheric scientist James Lovelock in the late 1960s. It states that the living organisms and non-living objects on Earth form a complex system in which they can interact. Various species on Earth effectively regulate the temperature and chemical composition of the atmosphere. Various creatures in the biological environment and nature are mainly connected by negative feedback loops, just like the goddess of the Earth (Gaia), to maintain the stability of the Earth’s ecology.

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