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Die Weltmeere: Science und Fiction des Unerschöpflichen in Zeiten neuer Wachstumsgrenzen
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science and Technology (name changed 20120201).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0866-0487
2014 (German)In: Geschichte und Gesellschaft, ISSN 0340-613X, Vol. 40, no 3, 437-451 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Around 1970 the world’s oceans were not just another resource to be developed. They were the imaginary place of the inexhaustible, an unlimited reservoir of proteins, mineral resources and human living space, supplementing the exploited landmasses. This article argues that the sciences, technologies and politics of ocean exploration promoted the image of the earth’s biotic and abiotic matter as convertible and replaceable in perfect metabolic cycles. Human matter, the earth’s only excess living resource, was seen as feeding directly into these global supply chains and recycling systems. The eco-technological reorganization of the earth’s environment, based on biomass as the unit of community, opened a historically new dimension of the oceans in the global economy and ecology of flows.

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Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014. Vol. 40, no 3, 437-451 p.
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Oceans Science Fiction Limits Growth Resources
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History of Science, Technology and Environment
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-150826OAI: diva2:745600

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Available from: 2014-09-10 Created: 2014-09-10 Last updated: 2014-09-12Bibliographically approved

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