Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology

Life on Earth and other Planetary Bodies

Editors: Hanslmeier, Arnold, Kempe, Stephan, Seckbach, Joseph (Eds.)

  • Experts from 20 countries discuss life on Earth and possible life on planets
  • Each contributed chapter contains numerous references for further study
  • Each chapter is written as a review on a specific topic
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A trio of editors [Professors from Austria, Germany and Israel] present Life on Earth and other Planetary Bodies. The contributors are from twenty various countries and present their research on life here as well as the possibility for extraterrestrial life. This volume covers concepts such as life’s origin, hypothesis of Panspermia and of life possibility in the Cosmos. The topic of extraterrestrial life is currently ‘hot’ and the object of several congresses and conferences. While the diversity of “normal” biota is well known, life on the edge of the extremophiles is more limited and less distributed. Other subjects discussed are Astrobiology with the frozen worlds of Mars, Europa and Titan where extant or extinct microbial life may exist in subsurface oceans; conditions on icy Mars with its saline, alkaline, and liquid water which has been recently discovered; chances of habitable Earth-like [or the terrestrial analogues] exoplanets; and SETI’s search for extraterrestrial Intelligence.

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“A collection of articles about life, habitability and astrobiology, that should find a place on everyone’s reading-list who’s interested in the possibility of extraterrestrial life and the quickly evolving field of astrobiology and search for exoplanets and naturally also SETI. … it’s definitely a fascinating book. The best part about the book might be that you get to know some of the objects of the Solar system a lot more from the habitability aspect.” (Kadri Tinn, AstroMadness.com, March, 2014)

“Rich in subject matter, this book is exceptionally broad in its coverage of the evolutionary boundary between inorganic and organic matter. … Figures, diagrams, and color photos are well chosen. … Extensive references follow each chapter. This book will appeal to astronomers, chemists, and biologists as well as practicing astrobiologists who wish to explore the current extent of research and thinking in this new field. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (W. E. Howard III, Choice, Vol. 50 (9), May, 2013)


Table of contents (27 chapters)

  • Pathways to Life on Earth and Other Planetary Bodies

    Seckbach, Joseph

    Pages 1-8

  • Introduction

    Shaviv, Giora

    Pages 9-12

  • Halophiles, Continental Evaporites and the Search for Biosignatures in Environmental Analogues for Mars

    Barbieri, Roberto (et al.)

    Pages 13-26

  • Vesicular Basalts as a Niche for Microbial Life

    Cavalazzi, Barbara (et al.)

    Pages 27-43

  • SETI: Assessing Imaginative Proposals

    Cook, Stephen P.

    Pages 45-62

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Life on Earth and other Planetary Bodies
Editors
  • Arnold Hanslmeier
  • Stephan Kempe
  • Joseph Seckbach
Series Title
Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology
Series Volume
24
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4966-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4966-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4965-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9204-3
Series ISSN
1566-0400
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 534
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