1. Oceanic pillow lavas and hyaloclastites as habitats for microbial life through time - a review; H. Furnes et al.
2. Microbial colonization of various habitable niches during alteration of oceanic crust; M. Ivarsson, N.G. Holm.
3. Ambient inclusion trails: their recognition, age range and applicability to early life on earth; D. Wacey et al.
4. Spatial distribution of the subseafloor life: diversity of biogeography; F. Inagaki, S. Nakagawa.
5. Analysis of deep subsurface microbial communities by functional genes and genomics; A. Teske, J. Biddle.
6. Diversity of Behamian stromatolite substrates; R. Ginsburg, N. Planavsky.
7. Evaporite microbial films, mats, microbialites, and stromatolites; R. Brigmon et al.
8. Microbial life in extreme environments: linking geological and microbial processes; H. Dong.
9. Marine methane biochemistry of the Black Sea: a review; T. Pape et al.
10. From volcanic winter to snowball earth: an alternative explanation for neoproterozoic biosphere stress; R.J. Stern et al.
Microbial systems in extreme environments and in the deep biosphere may be analogous to potential life on other planetary bodies and hence may be used to investigate the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. This book examines the mode and nature of links between geological processes and microbial activities and their significance for the origin and evolution of life on the Earth and possibly on other planets. This is a truly interdisciplinary science with societal relevance.
Truly interdisciplinary science with societal relevance (hence a great public interest in the topic as well as strong interest of diverse scientific communities)
Results presented in the book having strong implications for the evolution of life
State-of-the art review of the current knowledge and the data-rich chapters, promoting a long shelf-life of the book
Attractive to researchers in the academia and in the industry, graduate students, and faculty in most physical and natural science disciplines
Currently one of the most influential and well-funded topics of research, and therefore a large target audience