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On the Functional Biospheric Role of Living and Biogenic Matter: The Fourth Biogeochemical Principle

Authors
  • Ostroumov, S. A.1
  • 1 Moscow State University, Moscow, 119991, Russia , Moscow (Russia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Russian Journal of General Chemistry
Publisher
Pleiades Publishing
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2019
Volume
89
Issue
13
Pages
2818–2820
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1134/S1070363219130127
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

V.I. Vernadsky (1863‒1945) formulated three biogeochemical principles. These principles were set forth, e.g., in his monograph ‟The Chemical Structure of the Biosphere of the Earth and Its Environment” (the first biogeochemical principle was given in Paragraph 95 of that his monograph, the second biogeochemical principle, in Paragraph 198, and the third biogeochemical principle, in Paragraph 208). In addition to those fundamental principles, the author attempted formulating an additional, fourth (4th) principle, consistent with Vernadsky’s ideas on the important role of organisms in modification of the chemical parameters of the biosphere. The new principle highlights additional aspects of the vital role of living organisms in conditioning the geochemical environment. The fourth principle emphasizes a regulatory role of organisms in abiogenic migration of chemical elements in the biosphere.

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