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Life at extremes : environments, organisms, and strategies for survival

Author: Elanor Bell
Publisher: Wallingford, Oxfordshire ; Cambridge, MA : CABI, ©2012.
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From arid deserts to icy poles, outer space to the depths of the sea, this work studies the remarkable life forms that have made these inhospitable environments their home. It also details the ecological, biological and biogeochemical challenges these organisms face and unifying themes between environments.
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Life at extremes.
Wallingford, Oxfordshire ; Cambridge, MA : CAB International, ©2012
(DLC) 2011026535
(OCoLC)743298760
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elanor Bell
ISBN: 1845939549 9781845939540
OCLC Number: 785215228
Description: 1 online resource (xxii, 554 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps
Contents: What are extreme environments and what lives in them? / Elanor M. Bell and Terry V. Callaghan --
Past extremes / Barry H. Lomax --
Polar marine ecosystems / David K.A. Barnes --
Sea ice / David N. Thomas --
Polar terrestrial environments / Peter Convey --
High altitude and latitude lakes / Johanna Laybourn-Parry and Elanor M. Bell --
Subglacial lakes / David A. Pearce --
Cold alpine regions / Birgit Sattler, Barbara Post, Daniel Remias, Cornelius Lütz, Herbert Lettner and Roland Psenner --
Glacier surface habitats / Elizabeth A. Bagshaw, Marek Stibal, Alexandre M. Anesio, Chris Bellas, Martyn Tranter, Jon Telling and Jemma L. Wadham --
Polar deserts / Ian D. Hogg and Diana H. Wall / Hot desert environments / Boris Rewald, Amir Eppel, Oren Shelef, Amber Hill, Asfaw Degu, Avital Friedjung and Shimon Rachmilevitch --
Terrestrial hydrothermal environments / Don Cowan, Marla Tuffin, Inonge Mulako and James Cass --
Deep-sea hydrothermal vents / Richard A. Lutz --
High hydrostatic pressure environments / Florence Pradillon --
Deep sea / David Hughes --
Caves and karst environments / Natuschka M. Lee, Daniela B. Meisinger, Roman Aubrecht, Lubomir Kovacik, Cesareo Saiz-Jimenez, Sushmitha Baskar, Ramanathan Baskar, Wolfgang Liebl, Megan L. Porter and Annette Summers Engel --
The deep biosphere : deep subterranean and subseafloor habitats / Elanor M. Bell and Verena B. Heuer --
Acidic environments / Elly Spijkerman and Guntram Weithoof --
Alkaline environments / Elanor M. Bell --
Hypersaline environments / Terry J. McGenity and Aharon Oren --
Hypoxic environments / Stéphane Hourdez --
High ultraviolet radiation environments / Kevin K. Newsham and Andrew T. Davidson --
Life in a changing climate / Roland Psenner and Birgit Sattler --
Anthropogenic extreme environments / Adrian G. Glover and Lenka Neal --
Biotechnical applications of extremeophiles : promise and prospects / Rajesh Arora and Elanor M. Bell --
Extreme environments on Earth as analogues for life on other planets : Astrobiology / Felipe Gómez, Miloš Barták and Elanor M. Bell --
Concluding remarks / Elanor M. Bell.
Responsibility: edited by Elanor M. Bell.

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