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.
|Publisher:||CAB International North America|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.50(d)|
About the Author
Elanor M. Bell is at the Scottish Association for Marine Science, Scotland.
Table of Contents
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: astrobiologying remarks 27 Concluding remarks