Life at the Limits: Organisms in Extreme Environments

Life at the Limits: Organisms in Extreme Environments

by David A. Wharton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521039908

ISBN-13: 9780521039901

Pub. Date: 08/18/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

We are fascinated by the seemingly impossible places in which organisms can live. There are frogs that freeze solid, worms that dry out and bacteria that survive temperatures of over 100[degree]C. These organisms have an extreme biology, which involves many aspects of their physiology, ecology and evolution. In this account, the reader is taken on a tour of extreme…  See more details below

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We are fascinated by the seemingly impossible places in which organisms can live. There are frogs that freeze solid, worms that dry out and bacteria that survive temperatures of over 100[degree]C. These organisms have an extreme biology, which involves many aspects of their physiology, ecology and evolution. In this account, the reader is taken on a tour of extreme environments, and shown the remarkable abilities of organisms to survive a range of extreme conditions, such as high and low temperatures and desiccation. This book considers how organisms survive major stresses, and what extreme organisms can tell us about the origin of life and the possibilities of extraterrestrial life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521039901
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/18/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
828,669
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction: extreme life; 2. Be it ever so humble …; 3. Life without water; 4. The hot club; 5. Cold Lazarus; 6. More tough choices; 7. 'It's life, Jim, but not as we know it!'; 8. An extreme biology; Bibliography; Glossary; Index.

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