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Comparative BiogeographyDiscovering and Classifying Biogeographical Patterns of a Dynamic Earth$
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Lynne Parenti

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520259454

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520259454.001.0001

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Geology and Comparative Biogeography

Geology and Comparative Biogeography

(p.190) (p.191) Eight Geology and Comparative Biogeography
Comparative Biogeography

Lynne R. Parenti

Malte C. Ebach

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the relationship between geology and biological distribution in comparative biogeography, first introducing the physical processes that create different types of rock and then discussing how rocks are weathered and eroded. It also examines the process of fossilization and the effects of rock formation on the living world, suggesting that biology and geology play major roles in our understanding of the evolution of life and Earth. Overall, biology and geology have parallel aims—to diagnose and classify rocks or taxa, and to describe their development and evolution over time.

Keywords:   comparative biogeography, rocks, fossilization, rock formation, biology, geology, evolution

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