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Life in Antarctic deserts and other cold dry environments : astrobiological analogs

Author: Peter T Doran; W Berry Lyons; Diane M McKnight
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Series: Cambridge astrobiology.
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"The McMurdo Dry Valleys form the largest relatively ice-free area on the Antarctic continent. The perennially ice-covered lakes, ephemeral streams and extensive areas of exposed soil are subject to low temperatures, limited precipitation and salt accumulation. The dry valleys thus represent a region where life approaches its environmental limits. This unique ecosystem has been studied for several decades as an  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter T Doran; W Berry Lyons; Diane M McKnight
ISBN: 9780521889193 0521889197
OCLC Number: 466341173
Description: xi, 307 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
Contents: Geologic analogies between the surface of Mars and the McMurdo Dry Valleys : microclimate-related geomorphic features and evidence for climate change / David R. Marchant and James W. Head III --
The legacy of aqueous environments on soils of the McMurdo Dry Valleys : contexts for future exploration of Martian soils / J.E. Barrett, Michael A. Poage, Michael N. Gooseff, and Cristina Takacs-Vesbach --
The Antarctic cryptoendolithic microbial ecosystem / Henry J. Sun, James A. Nienow, and Christopher P. McKay --
Antarctic McMurdo Dry Valley stream ecosystems as analog to fluvial systems on Mars / Michael N. Gooseff, Diane M. McKnight, Michael H. Carr, and Jenny Baeseman --
Saline lakes and ponds in the McMurdo Dry Valleys : ecological analogs to Martian paleolake environments / Jill Mikucki, W. Berry Lyons, Ian Hawes, Brian D. Lanoil, and Peter T. Doran --
The biogeochemistry and hydrology of McMurdo Dry Valley glaciers : is there life on Martian ice now? / Martyn Tranter, Liz Bagshaw, Andrew G. Fountain, and Christine Foreman --
Factors promoting microbial diversity in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica / Cristina Takacs-Vesbach, Lydia Zeglin, J.E. Barrett, Michael N. Gooseff, and John C. Priscu --
Other analogs to Mars : high altitude, subsurface, desert, and polar environments / Nathalie A. Cabrol, Dale T. Andersen, Carol R. Stoker, Pascal Lee, Christopher P. McKay, and David S. Wettergreen.
Series Title: Cambridge astrobiology.
Responsibility: edited by Peter T. Doran, W. Berry Lyons, Diane M. McKnight.
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The lessons learned from studies of the dry valleys of Antarctica applied to the search for life on other planets.  Read more...

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'... the material is thorough, well written and well referenced ... a timely contribution, and ... a very useful reference.' Richard Leveille, Antarctic Science

 
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