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By Helga Stan-Lotter (auth.), Prof. Dr. Helga Stan-Lotter, Dr. Sergiu Fendrihan (eds.)

Once thought of unparalleled rarities, extremophiles became beautiful gadgets for easy and utilized study starting from nanotechnology to biodiversity to the origins of existence or even to the quest for extraterrestrial lifestyles. a number of novel facets of extremophiles are coated during this ebook; the point of interest is to start with on strange and no more explored ecosystems similar to marine hypersaline deeps, severe chilly, wasteland sands, and man-made fresh rooms for spacecraft meeting. Secondly, the more and more advanced box of purposes from extremophile learn is taken care of and examples comparable to novel psychrophilic enzymes, compounds from halophiles, and detection innovations for power extraterrestrial lifestyles kinds are presented.

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The Shaban Deep consists of four depressions where the brine-seawater interface can be found at a depth of 1325 Æ 3 m and has remained constant since its discovery. The Kebrit Deep is a roundish basin of approximately 1 km in diameter and a maximum depth of 1549 m, filled by 84-m-thick anaerobic brine (Eder et al. 1999). 2 The Orca basin and other seafloor anoxic brines in the Gulf of Mexico In the Gulf of Mexico several mud volcanoes, brine pools and brine basins have been described. This marine area is an economically relevant hydrocarbon basin containing late Jurassic age oil and gas (Macgregor 1983).

These areas are relatively stable as they are located outside the active volcanic zone. However, they may disappear or new ones are created during periods of seismic activity (B€odvarsson 1961; Kristjansson and Hreggvidsson 1995; Palmason 2005). Both types of geothermal fields are also found on the seafloor, adding salinity and even sharper temperature gradients to the other factors. Also, the sulfide is oxidized to sulfur and sulfuric acid, but it cannot affect the pH to the same extent as in the terrestrial fields due to the huge water mass.

As there is no outflow, the water is static and becomes saturated by gases from the geothermal steam (B€odvarsson 1961; Kristjansson and Hreggvidsson 1995; Palmason 2005). Low-temperature areas are located at the flank of the volcanically active zones. These are defined by temperature lower than 150 C at 1000 m depth. They are 41 Microbial speciation in the geothermal ecosystem heated by deep lava flows or by dead magma chambers. Groundwater percolating into these hot areas is heated and returns up to the surface containing dissolved minerals such as silica and some dissolved gases, mainly carbon dioxide.

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