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The outer reaches of life

Author: J R Postgate
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Since the dawn of life on Earth, the world has been gradually transformed by living things into a comfortable home for plants, animals and ourselves. But many harsh and seemingly inhospitable places remain, and it is the inhabitants of such places, mainly invisible microbes, that reveal the remarkable potential and resilience of life itself. How do microbes survive, even flourish, in superheated water or supercooled
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J R Postgate
ISBN: 0521440106 9780521440103 0521558735 9780521558730
OCLC Number: 28424370
Notes: Includes index.
Description: ix, 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Microbes and terrestrial life --
Some like it hot --
Cool, man, cool --
Big squeeze --
Salty tale --
Corrosive and slippery places --
Life without oxygen --
Living on minerals --
Exotic menus --
Of wraiths and ghosts --
Inertness of nitrogen --
Getting about --
Microsenses --
Private space --
Company --
Immortality and the big sleep --
Self-adjustment --
Life's outer reaches.
Responsibility: John Postgate.
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