Life at Extremes: Environments, Organisms and Strategies for Survival

Life at Extremes: Environments, Organisms and Strategies for Survival

By: E. M. Bell (editor), Peter Convey (contributor), Birgit Sattler (contributor), Heuer Heuer (contributor), Ian Hogg (contributor), Alexandre Anesio (contributor), Barton Barton (contributor), Richard Lutz (contributor), David Barnes (contributor), Mauro Guglielmin (contributor)Hardback

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From icy poles to arid deserts, boiling pools to the depths of the sea, this exciting new work studies the remarkable life forms that have made these inhospitable environments their home. The ecological, biological and biogeochemical challenges that higher-level plants and animals, microorganisms and viruses face are detailed, and the unifying themes found between environments discussed. A fascinating and comprehensive resource for researchers and students, this book is packed with colour figures and photos showcasing the most extreme environments and the organisms that have adapted to live in them.


1: What are extreme environments and what lives in them? 2: Past extremes 3: Polar marine ecosystems 4: Sea ice 5: Polar terrestrial environments 6: Polar freshwaters: high altitude and latitude lakes 7: Subglacial lakes 8: Cold alpine regions 9: Glacier surface habitats 10: Polar deserts 11: Hot desert environments 12: Terrestrial hydrothermal environments 13: Deep-sea hydrothermal vents 14: High hydrostatic pressure environments 15: Deep sea 16: Caves and karst environments 17: The deep biosphere: deep subterranean and subseafloor habitats 18: Acidic environments 19: Life in alkaline environments and alkaliphiles 20: Hypersaline environments and halophiles 21: Hypoxic environments 22: High ultraviolet radiation environments 23: Life in a changing climate 24: Anthropogenic extreme environments 25: Biotechnological applications of extremophiles: promise and prospects 26: Extreme environments on Earth as analogues for life on other planets: astrobiology 27: Concluding remarks

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781845938147
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 576
  • ID: 9781845938147
  • weight: 1600
  • ISBN10: 1845938143

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