Banfield,J.F. and Nealson,K.H. (Eds.)(1997): Geomicrobiology: Interactions between microbes and minerals. Reviews in Mineralogy, 35, 1-448.
Mineral weathering studies
Biogeochemical weathering over time
Suggestions for further research
These are good times to be a geomicrobiologist! A remarkable confluence of interdisciplinary interest and techniques promises to exponentially increase our understanding of the timeless dance between the physical and the biological world in which we live. Consider the following short list of very recent discoveries:
Of course, we have saved perhaps the most astonishing thing for last - the tantalizing possibility that Martian meteorite ALH84001 contains microbial microfossils, the first evidence that life exists elsewhere in the universe other than Earth (Mckay et al. 1996). This single electrifying report has riveted the attention of non-scientists and scientists alike, and will stimulate a tsunami of interdisciplinary geomicrobiological research. One day we will look back on this time, a time when instrumentation and creative analytical techniques converged with crumbling barriers between physical and biological sciences, as the golden age of geomicrobiology. It falls to us, the new generation of geomicrobiologists, to integrate knowledge from such diverse areas as the molecular aspects of microbial surface recognition, data on microbial adhesion and tooth decay from dental literature, and mineral dissolution data from the geochemistry literature to produce a unified picture.』