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Biosphere Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    biosphere n : the regions of the surface and atmosphere of the Earth (or other planet) where living organisms exist
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Biosphere'


The biosphere is the global sum of all ecosystems. It can also be called the zone of life on Earth. From the broadest biophysiological point of view, the biosphere is the global ecological system integrating all living beings and their relationships, including their interaction with the elements of the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. The biosphere is postulated to have evolved, beginning through a process of biogenesis or biopoesis, at least some 3.5 billion years ago.

The term "biosphere" was coined by geologist Eduard Suess in 1875, which he defined as:

While this concept has a geological origin, it is an indication of the impact of both Darwin and Maury on the earth sciences. The biosphere's ecological context comes from the 1920s (see Vladimir I. Vernadsky), preceding the 1935 introduction of the term "ecosystem" by Sir Arthur Tansley (see ecology history). Vernadsky defined ecology as the science of the biosphere. It is an interdisciplinary concept for integrating astronomy, geophysics, meteorology, biogeography, evolution, geology, geochemistry, hydrology and, generally speaking, all life and earth sciences.

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  • Biosphere 2 Conference Center Launches New Website for Group Event Planning
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  • Synergy Biomedical Announces Expanded FDA Clearance of BIOSPHERE PUTTY for Spine Indications
    Synergy Biomedical, LLC, a developer of novel biomaterial products, announced today that it has received 510 clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration to market BIOSPHE Read more on this news related to 'Biosphere'
  • Biosphere reserve sitting pretty
    A couple of years ago there was some controversy surrounding The Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve (MABR) and whether it would keep its UNESCO designation, but an update from Parksville Mayor Chris Burger at Monday night’s council meeting shows a positive outlook. Read more on this news related to 'Biosphere'

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