Cold Aqueous Planetary Geochemistry with FREZCHEM

From Modeling to the Search for Life at the Limits

  • Giles M. Marion
  • Jeffrey S. Kargel

Part of the Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics book series (ASTROBIO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Pages 1-2
  3. Pages 3-18
  4. Pages 19-77
  5. Pages 79-99
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 175-251

About this book


This book explicitly investigates issues of astrobiological relevance in the context of cold aqueous planetary geochemistry.

At the core of the technical chapters is the FREZCHEM model, initially developed over many years by one of the authors to quantify aqueous electrolyte properties and chemical thermodynamics at subzero temperatures. FREZCHEM, of general relevance to biogeochemists and geochemical modelers, cold planetary scientists, physicochemists and chemical engineers, is subsequently applied to the exploration of biogeochemical applications to solar systems bodies in general, and to speculations about the limits for life in cold environments in particular.


astrobiology modeling book on FREZCHEM cryospheres geochemistry planetary geochemistry thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Giles M. Marion
    • 1
  • Jeffrey S. Kargel
    • 2
  1. 1.Desert Research InstituteEarth and Ecosystem SciencesRenoUSA
  2. 2.Departement of Hydrology & Water ResourcesUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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