The Society makes many awards in recognition of significant contributions in the field of geology, and the Wollaston Medal is the highest of these awards. In 2006 this award was granted to James Lovelock, originator of the Gaia theory.
In essence, this theory states that "living organisms and their inorganic surroundings have evolved together as a single living system that greatly affects the chemistry and conditions of Earth’s surface".
Many scientists do not agree with the view that our planet is a large organism in space, finding that available evidence is too sparse to confirm the theory.
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