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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.
Introduction.- Aqueous Chemistry.- The FREZCHEM Model.- Limits for Life.- Biogeochemical Applications to Solar System Bodies.- The Search for and Future of Life in the Universe.- References.- Appendices (A. FREZCHEM Program Guide, B. Parameter Tables).- Subject Index.
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