Gaia hypothesis

Gaia hypothesis

[gey-uh]
noun
a model of the earth as a self-regulating organism, advanced as an alternative to a mechanistic model.

Origin:
1970–75; < Greek gaîa earth; see Gaea

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Gaia hypothesis or Gaia theory (ˈɡaɪə)
 
n
the theory that the earth and everything on it constitutes a single self-regulating living entity
 
Gaia theory or Gaia theory
 
n

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Main Entry:  Gaia hypothesis
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the hypothesis that the earth and its atmosphere should be regarded a living self-regulating organism
Etymology:  theory of James Lovelock, named for the Greek Earth goddess Gaea
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