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Rosaceae) b. Pine (Class Gymnospermae, Order Pinales) 4. Fungi a. Yeast (Class Ascomycetae, Order Endomycetales) b. Water mold (Class Phycomycetae, Order Saprolegniales) etc. 2. SELECTION BASED ON PROCESS A virtually limitless number of processes can be considered for study, particularly if process is defined broadly to include any biological function. Some processes can be rationally examined under any environmental conditions, whereas others are more or less specifically associated with particular external factors, as the partial selection in Table XIV shows.

M. SIEGEL TABLE VI. 46 atm Lake Michigan dunes Thermal waters of Wyoming Seymour Island, 64°S latitude Air temperature day +38°C/night7°C Soil temperature 43°C air temperature 50°C Soil temperature 51-60°C At 54°C at 70-75°C Maximum seasonal temperature <0°C Bay of Naples No 0 2 , up to 1%H 2 S Gobi Desert North Africa a Condition Resident organisms0 Spiders (family Attidae) and other Arachnids—highest animals on Earth Flowering plants (Families Compositae, Caryophyllaceae) and lichens—highest plants Camel Snails, land Crustacea, insects, lizards Ferns, grasshoppers Protozoa Bluegreen algae Insects, mites, tardigrades, protozoa, mosses, flowering plants Annelids, flat worms, molluscs Bacteria are found in all habitats.

For present purposes the Moon will be treated as an exceptionally barren-appearing planetary body. The natural interplanetary region then consists of (1) interplanetary space and (2) the asteroids and other bodies in space. To these may be added (3) unmanned and manned space vehicles. In terms of the grossest differences, items (1) and (2) above together with the Moon may be regarded as high vacuum, radiation-rich environments either at extremely low temperatures or with extremely wide-ranging temperatures.

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