Possible Microbial Habitats in the Solar System

Laura Smith, UCO/Lick Observatory, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

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This resource explores the possible habitats for microbial life in our solar system. The home page of this site provides links to information on extreme terrestrial environments on Earth such as polar regions, hydrothermal vents, hot springs, and subterranean areas. The extreme habitats of Earth serve as a model for the prediction of life on other terrestrial bodies, including Mars and the moons of Jupiter.

Subject: Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Scientific Resources
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Extreme Environments: High Radiation, Extremely Cold
Topics: Biosphere:Microbiology, Solar system, Biosphere:Astrobiology
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Planetary ScienceKeywords: radiation, barophiles, thermophiles, psycrophiles, Europa, Titan