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Life in Antarctic Deserts and Other Cold Dry Environments : Astrobiological Analogs (Hardcover)

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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 and 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.

The Cambridge Astrobiology series aims to facilitate the communication of recent advances in astrobiology and to foster the development of scientists conversant in the wide array of disciplines needed to carry astrobiology forward. Books in the series are at a suitable level for graduate students and researchers and are written to be accessible to scientists working in a range of disciplines.

Cover illustration: a peripheral lobe of Taylor Glacier occupies the floor of lower Beacon Valley in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. Beyond the glacier snout is a dense network of contraction crack polygons. Image courtesy of Jay Dickson/Brown University/NSF. November 27, 2006.


Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521889193
SKU 212964817
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0521889197
Release Date 5/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0307
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series Part 05
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