Limits for Life

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


The current mantra of astrobiology is “Follow the Water.” Where there is water, there may be life. The FREZCHEM model can determine the presence or absence of water down to the eutectic temperature, below which only solid phases are thermodynamically stable. Salinity, the desiccation potential, and acidity are other potentially life-limiting factors that are calculated by FREZCHEM. In Chapter 4, we discuss potential life-limiting factors such as temperature, salinity, acidity, desiccation, radiation, pressure, and time.


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