Life on Earth--and Beyond
by Pamela S. Turner

Price at time of review: $19.95
112 pp.
Charlesbridge Publishing
Watertown, MA
ISBN: 1580891330

Grade Level: 5-12

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

Searching for life on other worlds can begin on Earth. This NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2009 provides an account of an astrobiologist’s search in areas on Earth that are similar to Martian environments; he explores such places as Antarctica, the Sahara Desert, and Siberia to find out how life can survive in such harsh earthly environments.

This interdisciplinary book has many applications in middle and secondary classrooms. Many maps and climate data support bioecology, while a thumbprint reference to solar system bodies that might have water will expand students' imagination. There is a good foundation of biology, including the vital role of water in the evolution and maintenance of life. Finally, the diverse areas of scientific expertise represented in the book will encourage students of many talents and intelligences to explore further.

Review posted on 2/4/2009

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