Life at Extremes: Environments, Organisms and Strategies for Survival

Life at Extremes: Environments, Organisms and Strategies for Survival

By: E. M. Bell (editor)Hardback

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From arid deserts to icy poles, outer space to the depths of the sea, this exciting new work studies the remarkable life forms that have made these inhospitable environments their home. Covering not only micro-organisms, but also higher plants and animals such as worms, fish and polar plants, this book details the ecological, biological and biogeochemical challenges these organisms face and unifying themes between environments. Equally useful for the expert, student and casual scientific reader, this book also explores the impact of climate change, rapid seasonal changes and pollution on these extraordinary creatures. It is suitable for researchers and students of life sciences and ecology.

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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

  • publication date: 16/04/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781845938147
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 576
  • ID: 9781845938147
  • weight: 1600
  • ISBN10: 1845938143

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