Life on Earth and other Planetary Bodies

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ISBN: 978-94-007-4965-8 (Print) 978-94-007-4966-5 (Online)

Table of contents (27 chapters)

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  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv

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    Pages 1-8

    Pathways to Life on Earth and Other Planetary Bodies

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    Pages 9-12

    Introduction

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    Pages 13-26

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

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    Pages 27-43

    Vesicular Basalts as a Niche for Microbial Life

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    Pages 45-62

    SETI: Assessing Imaginative Proposals

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    Pages 63-79

    Molecules Between the Stars

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    Pages 81-99

    Prokaryotic Communities Below Planetary Surfaces and Their Involvement in the Nitrogen Cycle

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    Pages 101-120

    Extrasolar Planets

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    Pages 121-138

    “Life Without Water”: The Sleeping Chironomid and Other Anhydrobiotic Invertebrates and Their Utilization in Astrobiology

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    Pages 139-157

    Habitability and Cosmic Catastrophes

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    Pages 159-170

    Glaciopanspermia: Seeding the Terrestrial Planets with Life?

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    Pages 171-193

    Chemical Evolution in Primeval Seas

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    Pages 195-234

    Terrestrial Analogues for Early Planetary Oceans: NIUAFO‘OU CALDERA LAKES (Tonga) and Their Geology, Water Chemistry, and Stromatolites

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    Pages 235-250

    Comparison of Environment Types with Liquid Water on Mars

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    Pages 251-270

    Criteria of Possible Habitability of Earthlike Exoplanets

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    Pages 271-289

    Origin of the Genetic Code and Abiotic Synthesis of Organic Compounds

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    Pages 291-306

    Dynamical Aspects for the Earth’s Habitability

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    Pages 307-321

    A Dynamic Scheme to Assess Habitability of Exoplanets

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    Pages 323-344

    Astrobiology of Titan

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    Pages 345-365

    The Likelihood of Halophilic Life in the Universe

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