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Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology Band 24

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A trio of editors [Professors from Austria, Germany and Israel] present Life on Earth and other Planetary Bodies. The contributors are from twenty various countries and present their research on life here as well as the possibility for extraterrestrial life. This volume covers concepts such as life's origin, hypothesis of Panspermia and of life possibility in the Cosmos. The topic of extraterrestrial life is currently 'hot' and the object of several congresses and conferences. While the diversity of "normal" biota is well known, life on the edge of the extremophiles is more limited and less distributed. Other subjects discussed are Astrobiology with the frozen worlds of Mars, Europa and Titan where extant or extinct microbial life may exist in subsurface oceans; conditions on icy Mars with its saline, alkaline, and liquid water which has been recently discovered; chances of habitable Earth-like [or the terrestrial analogues] exoplanets; and SETI's search for extraterrestrial Intelligence.

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“A collection of articles about life, habitability and astrobiology, that should find a place on everyone’s reading-list who’s interested in the possibility of extraterrestrial life and the quickly evolving field of astrobiology and search for exoplanets and naturally also SETI. … it’s definitely a fascinating book. The best part about the book might be that you get to know some of the objects of the Solar system a lot more from the habitability aspect.” (Kadri Tinn,, March, 2014)

“Rich in subject matter, this book is exceptionally broad in its coverage of the evolutionary boundary between inorganic and organic matter. … Figures, diagrams, and color photos are well chosen. … Extensive references follow each chapter. This book will appeal to astronomers, chemists, and biologists as well as practicing astrobiologists who wish to explore the current extent of research and thinking in this new field. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (W. E. Howard III, Choice, Vol. 50 (9), May, 2013)


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Herausgeber Arnold Hanslmeier, Stephan Kempe, Joseph Seckbach
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Erscheinungsdatum 29.10.2012
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9789400749665
Verlag Springer
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  • List of Contributors
    Pathways to Life on Earth and Other Planetary Bodies; Joseph Seckbach
    Introduction; Emeritus Giora Shaviv
    Terestrial Halophylies, Evaporite Environments and The Search for Life on Mars; Roberto Barbieri and Nunzia Stivaletta
    Vescicular Basalts as a Niche for Microbial Life; Barbara Cavalazzi, Frances Westall and Sherry L. Cady
    Seti: Assessing Imaginative Proposals; Stephen P. Cook
    Molecules Between the Stars; Nick Cox
    Prokaryotic Communities Below Planetary Surfaces and Their Involvement In The Nitrogen Cycle; Friedrich W. Gerbl, Gerhard W. Weidler, Angelika Breitfuss, Marion Dornmayr-Pfaffenhuemer and Helga Stan-Lotter
    Extrasolar Planets; Eike W. Guenther
    Life Without Water: The Sleeping Chironomid and Other Anhydrobiotic Invertebrates and Their Utilization in Astrobiology; Oleg Gusev And Takashi Okuda
    Habitability and Cosmic Catastrophes; Arnold Hanslmeier
    Glaciopanspermia: Seeding the Terrestrial Planets with Life? Joop M. Houtkooper
    Chemical Evolution In Primeval Seas; Kamaluddin
    Terrestiral Analogues for Early Planetary Oceans: Niuafo'Ou Caldera Lakes (Tonga) and their Geology, Water Chemistry and Stromatolites; Stephan Kempe and Józef Kazmierczak
    Comparison of Environment Types with Liquid Water on Mars; Akos Kereszturi
    Criteria of Possible Habitability of Earth-Like Exoplanets; Leonid V. Ksanfomality
    Origin of the Genetic Code and Abiotic Synthesis of Organic Compounds; Zita Martins
    Dynamical Aspects for the Earth's Habitability; Elke Pilat-Lohinger
    A Dynamic Scheme to Assess Habitability of Exoplanets; Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Abel Méndez, Alberto G. Fairén, Philip Von Paris, Carol Turse, Grayson Boyer, Alfonso F. Davila, And Marina Resendes De Sousa António
    Astrobiology of Titan; Michael Simakov
    The Likelihood of Halophilic Life in the Universe; Helga Stan-Lotter, Sergiu Fendrihan, Marion Dorn-Mayr-Pfaffenhuemer, Tatjana K. Polacsek, Andrea Legat, Anita K. Holzinger, Michael Grösbacher And Andreas Weigl
    Production of Dormant Stages and Stress Resistance of Polar Cyanobacteria; Daria Tashyreva and Josef Elster
    Can the Evolution of Multicellularity be Anticipated in the Exoploration of the Solar System? H. P. De Vladar and J. Chela-Flores
    Antarctica as Model for the Possible Emergence of Life on Europa; Suman Dudeja, Aranya B. Bhattacherjee and Julian Chela Flores
    The Likelihood of Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life; Rob Hengeveld
    The Astrobiological Potential of Polar Dunes on Mars; Ákos Kereszturi, Szaniszló Bérczi, András Horváth, Tamás Pócs, András Sik And Szathmáry Eörs
    Life in Earth's Lava Caves: Implications for Life Detection on Other Planets; Diana E. Northup, Jennifer J.M. Hathaway, Jessica R. Snider, Monica Moya, Matthew G. Garcia, Maria L.N. Enes Dapkevicius, Cristina Riquelme Gabriel, Fred D. Stone, Michael N. Spilde, And Penelope J. Boston
    Life in the Saturnian Neighborhood; Athena Coustenis, F. Raulin, Georgios Bampasidis And Anezina Solomonidou