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SETI Life in Extreme Environments

Larry Klaes ( )
Mon, 28 Dec 1998 15:20:28 -0500

Announcement of Opportunity and
Special Competition for FY 1999

DEADLINE DATE: March 5, 1999



Life flourishes on Earth in an incredibly wide range of environments,
from high-salt deserts to volcanoes to polar ice. These environments may
be analogous to the harsh conditions that exist now, or have existed, on
other planets. The study of microbial life forms and the extreme
environments in which they exist here on Earth can provide important new
insights into how organisms form and adapt to diverse environments. This
knowledge will provide the basis for detecting and understanding the
life forms that may exist beyond our own planet, and for developing
useful new products and processes.

The Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), Engineering (ENG),
Geosciences (GEO), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), and the
Office of Polar Programs (OPP) of the National Science Foundation (NSF)
announce an opportunity to enhance knowledge about "Life in Extreme
Environments" (LExEn) through highly interdisciplinary, integrated
research activities. Two new areas of emphasis are added to the fiscal
year 1999 competition: a particular focus is placed upon the development
of methods and capabilities to facilitate LExEn research. Secondly, a
new effort in cooperation with the National Aeronautic and Space
Administration (NASA) is described to begin long term studies over
decadal time scales at representative examples of significant extreme

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