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Life in Ancient Ice
Edited by John D. Castello & Scott O. Rogers

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"The thought of surviving, even prospering, deep within ice and permafrost sent a shiver down my spine. However, for selected microorganisms this is a strategy for long-term survival in one of Earth's most extreme habitats. This authoritative collection of 'cold facts'--the first of its kind--provides a comprehensive account of the occurrence, physiological adaptations, and ecological implications of microbes that are frozen in contemporary time. The implications of this research are broad, reaching from sub-glacial lakes in Antarctica to possible life on Mars, Europa, and beyond. I endorse the editors' conclusion, 'It is a fascinating story.'"--David M. Karl, University of Hawaii

"This book represents the first time experts in the field--including some founders of the field, such as those from Russia--have come together in a single volume to discuss the topic of life in ancient ice."--Lloyd Burckle, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

"This book does a good job of making a case for long-term survival of microorganisms and possible low-temperature metabolism in ice-bound cells. The papers represent a strong collection that illustrates the breadth of work that has been undertaken in this fascinating field in recent years by some of the top researchers in the field. The editors' opening and closing chapters draw together the threads of the contributions and point a way forward in cryosphere research."--Ian Hawes, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand

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