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Title Life in Antarctic deserts and other cold dry environments : astrobiological analogs / edited by Peter T. Doran, W. Berry Lyons, Diane M. McKnight
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 307 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Cambridge astrobiology
Cambridge astrobiology.
Contents Geologic analogies between the surface of Mars and the McMurdo Dry Valleys : microclimate-related geomorphic features and evidence for climate change / David R. Marchant and James W. Head III -- The legacy of aqueous environments on soils of the McMurdo Dry Valleys : contexts for future exploration of Martian soils / J.E. Barrett, Michael A. Poage, Michael N. Gooseff, and Cristina Takacs-Vesbach -- The Antarctic cryptoendolithic microbial ecosystem / Henry J. Sun, James A. Nienow, and Christopher P. McKay -- Antarctic McMurdo Dry Valley stream ecosystems as analog to fluvial systems on Mars / Michael N. Gooseff, Diane M. McKnight, Michael H. Carr, and Jenny Baeseman -- Saline lakes and ponds in the McMurdo Dry Valleys : ecological analogs to Martian paleolake environments / Jill Mikucki, W. Berry Lyons, Ian Hawes, Brian D. Lanoil, and Peter T. Doran -- The biogeochemistry and hydrology of McMurdo Dry Valley glaciers : is there life on Martian ice now? / Martyn Tranter, Liz Bagshaw, Andrew G. Fountain, and Christine Foreman -- Factors promoting microbial diversity in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica / Cristina Takacs-Vesbach, Lydia Zeglin, J.E. Barrett, Michael N. Gooseff, and John C. Priscu -- Other analogs to Mars : high altitude, subsurface, desert, and polar environments / Nathalie A. Cabrol, Dale T. Andersen, Carol R. Stoker, Pascal Lee, Christopher P. McKay, and David S. Wettergreen
Summary "The McMurdo Dry Valleys form the largest relatively ice-free area on the Antarctic continent. The perennially ice-covered lakes, ephemeral streams and extensive areas of exposed soil are subject to low temperatures, limited precipitation and salt accumulation. The dry valleys thus represent a region where life approaches its environmental limits. This unique ecosystem has been studied for several decades as an analog to environments on other planets, particularly Mars. For the first time, the detailed terrestrial research of the dry valleys is brought together here, presented from an astrobiological perspective. Chapters include a discussion on the history of research in the valleys, a geological background of the valleys, setting them up as analogs for Mars, followed by chapters on the various sub-environments in the valleys such as lakes, glaciers and soils. Includes concluding chapters on biodiversity and other analog environments on Earth"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Biotic communities -- Antarctica.
Ecology -- Antarctica.
Antarctica -- Environmental conditions.
Form Electronic book
Author Doran, Peter T.
Lyons, W. Berry.
McKnight, Diane M.
ISBN 0511712251 (electronic book)
051171307X (electronic bk.)
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9780511712258 (electronic book)
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