An Extreme Environment on Earth: Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents. Lessons for Exploration of Mars and Europa

  • Daniel Prieur
Part of the Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics book series (ASTROBIO)


Hydrothermal Vent Deinococcus Radiodurans Tube Worm Anaerobic Methane Oxidation Maximum Growth Temperature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Prieur
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  1. 1.Laboratoire de Microbiologie des Environnements ExtrêmesUniversité de Bretagne OccidentaleBrestFrance

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