Life on Earth and other Planetary Bodies

  • Arnold Hanslmeier
  • Stephan Kempe
  • Joseph Seckbach

Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 24)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Giora Shaviv
    Pages 9-12
  3. Barbara Cavalazzi, Frances Westall, Sherry L. Cady
    Pages 27-43
  4. Stephen P. Cook
    Pages 45-62
  5. Nick Cox
    Pages 63-79
  6. Friedrich W. Gerbl, Gerhard W. Weidler, Angelika Breitfuss, Marion Dornmayr-Pfaffenhuemer, Helga Stan-Lotter
    Pages 81-99
  7. Eike W. Guenther
    Pages 101-120
  8. Arnold Hanslmeier
    Pages 139-157
  9. Kamaluddin
    Pages 171-193
  10. Leonid V. Ksanfomality
    Pages 251-270
  11. Elke Pilat-Lohinger
    Pages 291-306
  12. Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Abel Méndez, Alberto G. Fairén, Philip von Paris, Carol Turse, Grayson Boyer et al.
    Pages 307-321
  13. Michae Simakov
    Pages 323-344

About this book

Introduction

This volume covers aspects of life on Earth with all its diversity and the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. It presents contributions by experts from 20 countries who discuss astrobiology emphasizing life “as we know it” to extraterrestrial places. In the chapters on life in the Cosmos, the authors emphasized in particular certain planets and satellites within the Solar System.

On Earth, life also exists at the edge with harsh limitations (such as extremophiles growing in severe environments). Some chapters address the extremophiles in niches of microbial life in terrestrial halo-environments, the local life without water, and the dormancy of polar cyanobacteria, while others focus on microorganisms dwelling in severe conditions such as lava caves. All those conditions of harsh environments, including the Antarctic biota, could serve as analogues for other planets.

Special stress is given to the frozen worlds of Mars; Europa, the satellite of Jupiter; and life in the Saturn neighborhood with its moon Titan. The subsurface under the icy layers of these celestial bodies may contain large oceans that have extant or extinct microbial life. Other chapters discuss the habitability of exoplanets, Galacticpanspermia, molecules, and prokaryotes below the planetary surface, halophile life in the Universe, and the SETI search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the Cosmos.

Keywords

Astrobiology Exoplanets Life in the University

Editors and affiliations

  • Arnold Hanslmeier
    • 1
  • Stephan Kempe
    • 2
  • Joseph Seckbach
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für Geophysik, Astrophysik und MeteorologieUniversität GrazGrazAustria
  2. 2., Physical Geology and Global CyclesInstitute of Applied Geosciences (IAG)DarmstadtGermany
  3. 3.University of JerusalemEfratIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4966-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-4965-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-4966-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0400
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