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Microbes of the Rocks and Permafrost, an Extraterrestrial Analog

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Microbes of the Rocks and Permafrost, an Extraterrestrial Analog
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외계 모사체인 동토와 암석의 미생물
Choe, Yong-Hoe
Tripathi, Binu Mani
Kim, Mincheol
Lee, Yoo Kyung
Extraterrestrial AnalogMicrobesPermafrostRocks
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Choe, Yong-Hoe, et al. 2019. Microbes of the Rocks and Permafrost, an Extraterrestrial Analog. 46th Anual meeting and international symposium. ICC Jeju. 2019.06.23~2019.06.25.
The polar region is characterized by low temperatures, dry air, strong UV, and poor nutrient. Even though Earth has sufficient oxygen, the polar region is a good analog of the extraterrestrial environment such as Mars. Permafrost is a frozen ground with a temperature below 0°C for two or more years, which lies on approximately 25% of Earth’s terrestrial surface. Despite the long subzero temperature and poor water availability, a diverse group of microbes is living in permafrost. Permafrost is a good source of extremophiles. Methanogenic archaea from Siberian permafrost, for example, can survive in the Martian subsurface, showing a remarkable dry condition, osmotic stress, low temperatures, and radiation. Rock is also a sheltered habitat to avoid environmental stresses in the polar region. In fact, microbes of rocks are a major focus of many investigations of life in harsh environments or studies with astrobiological implications. In this lecture, I would like to introduce the diversity and function of microbes living in Arctic rocks and permafrost. From these extreme microbes, I would also like to find the insights of extraterrestrial life that may be living outside the Earth.
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46th Anual meeting and international symposium
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ICC Jeju
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2019-2019, Arctic permafrost environment change monitoring and prediction method developments (19-19) / Lee, Bang Yong (PN19081)
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