The Gaia hypothesis

See:

http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/4898

Article reads: British scientist James Lovelock, after being inspired by images taken from space in the 1960s, proposed his “living” Earth or Gaia hypothesis (named after the Greek goddess of the Earth), which describes the planet’s ecosystems as behaving much like a super-organism in which all the geologic, hydrologic, and biologic cycles self-regulate the conditions on the planet.

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