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Deep Life: The Hunt for the Hidden Biology of Earth, Mars, and Beyond [Hardcover]

Item : Deep Life: The Hunt for the Hidden Biology of Earth, Mars, and Beyond [Hardcover]
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Author Author : Onstott, Tullis C.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0691096449
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780691096445
Publisher Publisher : Princeton University Press
Pages Pages : 512
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100024379

Deep Lifetakes readers to uncharted regions deep beneath Earth's crust in search of life in extreme environments and reveals how astonishing new discoveries by geomicrobiologists are helping the quest to find life in the solar system.

Tullis Onstott, named one of the 100 most influential people in America byTimemagazine, provides an insiders look at the pioneering fieldwork that is shining vital new light on Earths hidden biologya thriving subterranean biosphere that scientists once thought to be impossible. Come along on epic descents two miles underground into South African gold mines to experience the challenges that Onstott and his team had to overcome. Join them in their search for microbes in the ancient seabed below the desert floor in the American Southwest, and travel deep beneath the frozen wastelands of the Arctic tundra to discover life as it could exist on Mars.

Blending cutting-edge science with thrilling scientific adventure,Deep Lifefeatures rare and unusual encounters with exotic life forms, including a bacterium living off radiation and a hermaphroditic troglodytic worm that has changed our understanding of how complex subsurface life can really be. This unforgettable book takes you to the absolute limits of lifethe biotic fringewhere todays scientists hope to discover the very origins of life itself.

Tullis C. Onstottis professor of geosciences at Princeton University. He lives in Stockton, New Jersey. Onstott so beautifully conveys his excitement that laypeople and scientists alike will find [Deep Life] a worthwhile read. Deep Lifetackles one of the most mysterious, sexiest questions in science today: Is there life beyond Earth? . . . Onstott's argument is both profound--we can't understand life on other planets without understanding life on our own--and surprising, pleasing any amateur extraterrestrial beep hunter. ---Sarah Sloat,Inverse Extreme environments beneathlsP

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