Gaia Hypothesis

   This theory believes that the Earth is one giant living organism and that the environment is stabilized by all biological processes on the planet working together.
   This theory was first presented by the British biologist James Lovelock in 1969, however, this concept of the earth has been around for millions of years.

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  • Gaia hypothesis — Gai′a hypoth esis [[t]ˈgeɪ ə[/t]] n. a model of the earth as a self regulating organism, advanced as an alternative to a mechanistic model • Etymology: 1970–75; < Gk gaîa earth; see Gaea …   From formal English to slang

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