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

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This book with twenty-eight chapters including the concluding remarks discusses the range of extreme environments that exist on earth, and the organisms that live in them and their evolutionary implications. Particularly, the book explores the following extreme environments: polar marine and terrestrial environments; high altitude and latitude as well as subglacial lakes; cold alpine regions; glac...


Chapter 8 (Page no: 138)

Cold alpine regions.

This chapter describes alpine cryospheric compartments and the diversity of life within them. The chapter also explores the extremotolerant organisms in biotechnology and astrobiology.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) What are extreme environments and what lives in them? Author(s): Bell, E. M. Callaghan, T. V.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 13) Past extremes. Author(s): Lomax, B. H.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 36) Polar marine ecosystems. Author(s): Barnes, D. K. A.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 62) Sea ice. Author(s): Thomas, D. N.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 81) Polar terrestrial environments. Author(s): Convey, P.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 103) High altitude and latitude lakes. Author(s): Laybourn-Parry, J. Bell, E. M.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 122) Subglacial lakes. Author(s): Pearce, D. A.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 155) Glacier surface habitats. Author(s): Bagshaw, E. A. Stibal, M. Anesio, A. M. Bellas, C. Tranter, M. Telling, J. Wadham, J. L.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 176) Polar deserts. Author(s): Hogg, I. D. Wall, D. H.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 196) Hot desert environments. Author(s): Rewald, B. Eppel, A. Shelef, O. Hill, A. Degu, A. Friedjung, A. Rachmilevitch, S.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 219) Terrestrial hydrothermal environments. Author(s): Cowan, D. Tuffin, M. Mulako, I. Cass, J.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 242) Deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Author(s): Lutz, R. A.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 271) High hydrostatic pressure environments. Author(s): Pradillon, F.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 296) Deep sea. Author(s): Hughes, D.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 320) Caves and karst environments. Author(s): Lee, N. M. Meisinger, D. B. Aubrecht, R. Kovacik, L. Saiz-Jimenez, C. Baskar, S. Baskar, R. Liebl, W. Porter, M. L. Engel, A. S.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 345) The deep biosphere: deep subterranean and subseafloor habitats. Author(s): Bell, E. M. Heuer, V. B.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 364) Acidic environments. Author(s): Spijkerman, E. Weithoff, G.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 380) Alkaline environments. Author(s): Bell, E. M.
Chapter: 20 (Page no: 402) Hypersaline environments. Author(s): McGenity, T. J. Oren, A.
Chapter: 21 (Page no: 438) Hypoxic environments. Author(s): Hourdez, S.
Chapter: 22 (Page no: 454) High ultraviolet radiation environments. Author(s): Newsham, K. K. Davidson, A. T.
Chapter: 23 (Page no: 474) Life in a changing climate. Author(s): Psenner, R. Sattler, B.
Chapter: 24 (Page no: 479) Anthropogenic extreme environments. Author(s): Glover, A. G. Neal, L.
Chapter: 25 (Page no: 498) Biotechnological applications of extremophiles: promise and prospects. Author(s): Rajesh Arora Bell, E. M.
Chapter: 26 (Page no: 522) Extreme environments on Earth as analogues for life on other planets: astrobiology. Author(s): Gómez, F. Barták, M. Bell, E. M.
Chapter: 27 (Page no: 537) Concluding remarks. Author(s): Bell, E. M.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Institute of Ecology, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2012
  • ISBN
  • 9781845938147
  • Record Number
  • 20123106271