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Author McNamara, Kenneth
Title Stromatolites
Imprint Perth : Western Australian Museum, 2009
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (92 pages)
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Note Intro -- Introduction -- Living Stromatolites -- Marine Stromatolites -- Lacustrine Stromatolites -- Fossil Stromatolites -- Evolving Stromatolites -- Stromatolites and Changing Day Length -- Stromatolite Conservation -- Acknowledgements -- Further Reading
David Attenborough began his extraordinary tv series, The Living Planet at Shark Bay in Australia's northwest, because crossing the low dunes and descending to the beach is like slipping billions of years back in time. Where the waves gently break on the shore are stromatolites, rising like rows of concrete cauliflowers from the ocean. While they may look like inanimate rocks, examining a piece from the surface under a powerful microscope shows that it is teeming with life. Stromatolites are complex domes or columns of sediment formed by microbiological communities. These 'living rocks', as they are sometimes called, teem with the very oldest life forms on earth, having remained virtually unchanged during the comings and goings of all the animals and plants that have ever lived. This book is a clear and accessible, illustrated account of the structure and formation of these remarkable constructions
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: McNamara, Kenneth Stromatolites Perth : Western Australian Museum,c2009 9781920843458
Subject Stromatolites--Australia
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