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The Resource Life on the edge : amazing creatures thriving in extreme environments, Michael Gross

Life on the edge : amazing creatures thriving in extreme environments, Michael Gross

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Life on the edge : amazing creatures thriving in extreme environments
Title
Life on the edge
Title remainder
amazing creatures thriving in extreme environments
Statement of responsibility
Michael Gross
Creator
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
Describes life on Earth not by the rules but by the exceptions to them, looking at the most hostile habitats of the our environment and their most hardened inhabitants. Analyzes survival strategies of these single-cell creatures in a way accessible to lay readers but still in touch with the latest research in areas such as heat-shock proteins and genome sequencing. Describes the significance of research on such organisms for fields including biotechnology, medicine, and research into the origin and early evolution of life, and explores the possibility of life on other planets. Includes sidebars and glossary. Originally published in German as "Exzentriker des Lebens", 1996, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag. Can life exist in the Antarctic ice, in the deep subsurface, in dilute sulfuric acid, in hot springs -- even on Mars? What degree of high or low temperature, pressure, or salt concentration can living cells tolerate? In recent years, scientists have discovered many single-cell creatures that exist in -- in fact, are perfectly adapted to -- extreme environments that were considered uninhabitable just one or two decades ago. In Life on the Edge, author Michael Gross explores how microorganisms adapt to their hostile environments and how they affect our current definition of the "normal" conditions for life. He also describes the vast implications of these extremophiles and other amazing creatures -- from potential breakthroughs in medicine and biotechnology to the search for life elsewhere in the universe
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DLC
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1963-
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Gross, Michael
Dewey number
578.4
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH546
LC item number
.G7613 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Adaptation (Biology)
  • Extreme environments
  • Stress (Physiology)
  • Life
Label
Life on the edge : amazing creatures thriving in extreme environments, Michael Gross
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-187) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Profile: Thomas Brock and the Discovery of the Hyperthermophiles.
  • Some Like It Hot: Life around Geysers and Volcanoes.
  • Stay Cool: Life at Subzero Temperatures.
  • Sidelines: Of Polar Bears and Penguins -- Vertebrate Life at the Poles.
  • Living under Pressure: The Deep Sea.
  • Sidelines: On Diving.
  • A Light in the Dark: Luminescent Creatures of the Deep Sea.
  • Travel to the Center of the Earth: The Deep Subsurface as a Biotope.
  • Extra Dry: Survival in the Desert.
  • Saturated with Salt: The (Allegedly) Dead Sea as a Biotope
  • Of Extremists and Eccentrics: A Personal Preface
  • 1.
  • Introduction: Life and Its Limits.
  • Things One Needs for a Living.
  • What Do We Mean by "Normal" after All?
  • The Limits of Life on Earth
  • 2.
  • Extreme Environments and Their Inhabitants.
Control code
38485815
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 200 pages
Isbn
9780306457869
Lccn
98004622
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Life on the edge : amazing creatures thriving in extreme environments, Michael Gross
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-187) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Profile: Thomas Brock and the Discovery of the Hyperthermophiles.
  • Some Like It Hot: Life around Geysers and Volcanoes.
  • Stay Cool: Life at Subzero Temperatures.
  • Sidelines: Of Polar Bears and Penguins -- Vertebrate Life at the Poles.
  • Living under Pressure: The Deep Sea.
  • Sidelines: On Diving.
  • A Light in the Dark: Luminescent Creatures of the Deep Sea.
  • Travel to the Center of the Earth: The Deep Subsurface as a Biotope.
  • Extra Dry: Survival in the Desert.
  • Saturated with Salt: The (Allegedly) Dead Sea as a Biotope
  • Of Extremists and Eccentrics: A Personal Preface
  • 1.
  • Introduction: Life and Its Limits.
  • Things One Needs for a Living.
  • What Do We Mean by "Normal" after All?
  • The Limits of Life on Earth
  • 2.
  • Extreme Environments and Their Inhabitants.
Control code
38485815
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 200 pages
Isbn
9780306457869
Lccn
98004622
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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