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By David A. Wharton

Frogs that freeze strong, worms that dry out, and micro organism that live to tell the tale temperatures over 100°C are all organisms that experience an severe biology, which contains many features in their body structure, ecology, and evolution. those organisms dwell in possible very unlikely locations and express attention-grabbing habit. during this beautiful account, the reader is taken on a travel of utmost environments, and proven the extraordinary talents of organisms to outlive a variety of severe stipulations, similar to low and high temperatures and desiccation. Examples contain:

  • Hydrothermal vents
  • cold and warm deserts
  • Polar areas
  • scorching springs
  • alpine and wintry weather temperate environments
  • ocean depths, salt lakes, soda lakes, and estuarine muds, between different environments. existence on the Limits considers how organisms continue to exist significant stresses, and what severe organisms can let us know in regards to the beginning of lifestyles and the chances of extraterrestrial existence. David Wharton is a Senior Lecturer in Zoology on the college of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He has concentrated his study at the survival skills of nematodes, leading to the booklet of over seventy five learn papers and one booklet, The useful Biology of Nematodes (Croom Helm, 1986). His contribution to analyze was once famous via the award of the measure health professional of technological know-how by way of the collage of Bristol in 1997. lately, Wharton has turn into drawn to the popularization of technological know-how via his involvement within the institution of a Postgraduate degree in normal historical past, Filmmaking and conversation, a collaboration among the collage of Otago and traditional historical past New Zealand, a manufacturer of ordinary background movies established in Dunedin.
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