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Deep life : the hunt for the hidden biology of Earth, Mars, and beyond

Author: T C Onstott
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Deep Life takes readers to uncharted regions deep beneath Earth's crust in search of life in extreme environments and reveals how astonishing new discoveries by geomicrobiologists are helping the quest to find life in the solar system. Geoscientist Tullis Onstott provides an insider's look at the pioneering fieldwork that is shining vital new light on Earth's hidden biology--a thriving subterranean biosphere that  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: T C Onstott
ISBN: 9780691096445 0691096449
OCLC Number: 948560887
Description: xvii, 486 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Triassic park --
The treasure of Cerro Negro --
Bikers, bombs, and the death-o-meter --
Microbes in meteorites? --
Life in deepest, darkest Africa --
Hunting for water and carbon --
The subterranauts --
A lot of breaks and one lucky strike --
Life beneath the ice --
The worm from hell --
Appendix A: Chronology of the exploration of subsurface life --
Appendix B: Chronology of the meeting of the U.S. DOE's SSP meetings.
Responsibility: Tullis C. Onstott.

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Deep Life takes readers to uncharted regions deep beneath Earth's crust in search of life in extreme environments and reveals how astonishing new discoveries by geomicrobiologists are helping the quest to find life in the solar system. Geoscientist Tullis Onstott provides an insider's look at the pioneering fieldwork that is shining vital new light on Earth's hidden biology--a thriving subterranean biosphere that scientists once thought to be impossible. Come along on epic descents two miles underground into South African gold mines to experience the challenges that Onstott and his team had to overcome. Join them in their search for microbes in the ancient seabed below the desert floor in the American Southwest, and travel deep beneath the frozen wastelands of the Arctic tundra to discover life as it could exist on Mars. Blending cutting-edge science with thrilling scientific adventure, Deep Life features rare and unusual encounters with exotic life forms, including a bacterium living off radiation and a hermaphroditic troglodytic worm that has changed our understanding of how complex subsurface life can really be. This unforgettable book takes you to the absolute limits of life--the biotic fringe--where today's scientists hope to discover the very origins of life itself.--Dust jacket.

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"Onstott so beautifully conveys his excitement that laypeople and scientists alike will find [Deep Life] a worthwhile read."--Publishers Weekly "Deep Life tackles one of the most mysterious, sexiest Read more...

 
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