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The history of life on Earth is described in various publications and web sites ( e.g. , Speer, B.R. and A.G. Collins. 2000 ; Tudge, 2000 ; Lecointre and Guyader, 2001 ; Maddison, 2001 Eldredge, 2002 ); it is also discussed in the module on Macroevolution: essentials of systematics andtaxonomy. For the current purpose of understanding what is biodiversity, it is only necessary to note that that thediversity of species, ecosystems and landscapes that surround us today are the product of perhaps 3.7 billion( i.e. , 3.7 9 ) to 3.85 billion years of evolution of life on Earth ( Mojzsis et al. , 1996 ; Fedo and Whitehouse, 2002 ).

Thus, the evolutionary history of Earth has physically and biologically shaped our contemporary environment. As noted inthe section on Biogeography , plate tectonics and the evolution of continents and ocean basinshave been instrumental in directing the evolution and distribution of the Earth's biota. However, the physicalenvironment has also been extensively modified by these biota. Many existing landscapes are based on the remains ofearlier life forms. For example, some existing large rock formations are the remains of ancient reefs formed 360 to 440million years ago by communities of algae and invertebrates ( Veron, 2000 ). Very old communities of subterranean bacteria may have been responsible for shaping manygeological processes during the history of the Earth, such as the conversion of minerals from one form to another, and theerosion of rocks ( Fredrickson and Onstott, 1996 ). The evolution of photosynthetic bacteria, sometime between 3.5 and 2.75 million years ago Schopf, 1993 ; Brasier et al. , 2002 ; Hayes, 2002 ), played an important role in the evolution of the Earth's atmosphere. Thesebacteria released oxygen into the atmosphere, changing it's composition from the former composition of mainly carbondioxide, with other gases such as nitrogen, carbon monoxide, methane, hydrogen and sulphur gases present in smallerquantities. It probably took over 2 billion years for the oxygen concentration to reach the level it is today ( Hayes, 2002 ), but the process of oxygenation of the atmosphere led to important evolutionary changes inorganisms so that they could utilize oxygen for metabolism. The rise of animal and plant life on land was associated with thedevelopment of an oxygen rich atmosphere.

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where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
Ali
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
learn
Google
da
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
hey
Giriraj
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
revolt
da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
ya I also want to know the raman spectra
Bhagvanji
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
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Source:  OpenStax, What is biodiversity. OpenStax CNX. Feb 05, 2009 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col10639/1.1
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