Life in Extreme Environments: The Universe May Be More Habitable Than We Thought, Part 2

Lynn Rothschild, SpaceRef Interactive Inc

This article explores microbial life in extreme environments associated with salinity, acidity, alkalinity, high temperature, low temperature, radiation, gravity, and pressure. It also introduces the role of extremophiles in astrobiology followed by brief descriptions of Mars, the moons of Jupiter, and Panspermia. This is the second part of a two-part article. A link is directed to Part 1, which discusses the biomarkers of life; introduces extremophiles in general; and explores life in dry environments.

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Subject: Biology:Diversity, Evolution, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars:Life on Mars, Biology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Extreme Environments: High Radiation, Anhydrous, High Pressure, Anoxic, Extremely Cold, Hypersaline, Alkaline, Acidic, Extremely Hot
Topics: Biosphere:Diversity, Evolution, Astrobiology, Solar system:Mars:Life on Mars, Biosphere:Microbiology, Ecology
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Planetary Science