Gaia: Part II – The Third Equilibrium

The (fortunate) third equilibrium, a meeting between the water and carbon cycles of earth, giving birth to Life.

Perhaps a tenuous equilibrium, of barely-there stability; may not take much to tip Gaia beyond the sweet-spot of 0-25 degrees C, onto a horror roller-coaster ride(s) into the stronger attractor states of much lower (Lyapunov) minima lurking just past the edges:-
Graph B II:
http://books.google.com.sg/books?id=-wgY0rwX_iEC&pg=PA237&lpg=PA237&dq=lyapunov+gorshkov&source=bl&ots=VzRS6JHbRM&sig=SJfn0CA7DFpGR86lHNy1Hqivay8&hl=en&ei=ZvNWS7vlNNCHkQWSp4XvBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CAkQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=&f=false

–Gorshkov V.G.

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