Earth’s Icy Biosphere

Title

Earth’s Icy Biosphere

Authors

John Priscu

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Description

John Priscu (Montana State University) demonstrates that the Earth’s icy systems, particularly the Antarctic ice sheet and related subglacial environments, hold a large and potentially active carbon pool, comprised of phylogenetically and metabolically diverse prokaryotic organisms. He then relates these results to our search for life on other icy bodies in our solar system.

Publication Date

10-4-2012

Keywords

Earth, biosphere, Antarctic ice sheet, subglacial environments, carbon pool, prokaryotic organisms, ice, solar system

Disciplines

Astrophysics and Astronomy | Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Glaciology

Earth’s Icy Biosphere
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