Alien Ocean

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-05
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Alien Oceanimmerses readers in worlds being newly explored by marine biologists, worlds usually out of sight and reach: the deep sea, the microscopic realm, and oceans beyond national boundaries. Working alongside scientists at sea and in labs in Monterey Bay, Hawai'i, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Sargasso Sea and at undersea volcanoes in the eastern Pacific, Stefan Helmreich charts how revolutions in genomics, bioinformatics, and remote sensing have pressed marine biologists to see the sea as animated by its smallest inhabitants: marine microbes. Thriving in astonishingly extreme conditions, such microbes have become key figures in scientific and public debates about the origin of life, climate change, biotechnology, and even the possibility of life on other worlds.

Author Biography

Stefan Helmreich is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of Silicon Second Nature: Culturing Artificial Life in a Digital World (UC Press)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. VII
Mooringsp. IX
Acknowledgmentsp. XIII
Introduction: Life at Seap. 1
The Message from the Mud: Making Meaning Out of Microbes in Monterey Bayp. 31
Dissolving the Tree of Life: Alien Kinship at Hydrothermal Ventsp. 68
Blue-Green Capitalism: Marine Biotechnology In Hawai'ip. 106
Alien Species, Native Politics: Mixing up Nature and Culture in Ocean O'Ahup. 145
Abducting the Atlantic: How the Ocean Got Its Genomep. 171
Submarine Cyborgs: Transductive Ethnography at the Seafloor, Juan de Fuca Ridgep. 212
Extraterrestrial Seas: Astrobiology and the Nature of Alien Lifep. 250
Notesp. 285
Bibliographyp. 329
Indexp. 365
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