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Life at the Limits

Organisms in Extreme Environments

Life at the Limits by David A. Wharton
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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 over 100˚C. What seems extreme to us is, however, not extreme to these organisms. In this captivating 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. These organisms have an extreme biology, which involves many aspects of their physiology, ecology and evolution.
Cambridge University Press; July 2007
321 pages; ISBN 9780511030949
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Title: Life at the Limits
Author: David A. Wharton
 
ISBNs
0511030940
9780511030949
9780521039901