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New PDF release: Life in Antarctic Deserts and other Cold Dry Environments

By Peter T. Doran,W. Berry Lyons,Diane M. McKnight

ISBN-10: 0521889197

ISBN-13: 9780521889193

The McMurdo Dry Valleys shape the biggest particularly ice-free region at the Antarctic continent. The perennially ice-covered lakes, ephemeral streams and huge components of uncovered soil are topic to low temperatures, restricted precipitation and salt accumulation. The dry valleys therefore symbolize a area the place lifestyles ways its environmental limits. This certain environment has been studied for numerous many years as an analog to environments on different planets, really Mars. For the 1st time, the targeted terrestrial study of the dry valleys is introduced jointly the following, awarded from an astrobiological viewpoint. Chapters comprise a dialogue at the historical past of study within the valleys, a geological historical past of the valleys, atmosphere them up as analogs for Mars, by way of chapters at the a variety of sub-environments within the valleys comparable to lakes, glaciers and soils. contains concluding chapters on biodiversity and different analog environments on Earth.

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