Eleven. The Geomicrobiology of Impact Structures

  1. Gordon R. Osinski3 and
  2. Elisabetta Pierazzo4
  1. Charles S. Cockell1,
  2. Gordon R. Osinski3 and
  3. Mary A. Voytek2

Published Online: 25 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118447307.ch11

Impact Cratering: Processes and Products

Impact Cratering: Processes and Products

How to Cite

Cockell, C. S., Osinski, G. R. and Voytek, M. A. (2012) The Geomicrobiology of Impact Structures, in Impact Cratering: Processes and Products (eds G. R. Osinski and E. Pierazzo), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118447307.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Departments of Earth Sciences/Physics and Astronomy, Western University, 1151 Richmond Street, London, ON, N6A 5B7, Canada

  2. 4

    Planetary Science Institute, 1700 E. Fort Lowell Road, Suite 106, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH9 3JZ, UK

  2. 2

    US Geological Survey, MS 430, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192, USA

  3. 3

    Departments of Earth Sciences/Physics and Astronomy, Western University, 1151 Richmond Street, London, ON, N6A 5B7, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 30 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405198295

Online ISBN: 9781118447307

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Keywords:

  • geomicrobiology of impact structures;
  • meteorite and contact/compression, ground/water impactor;
  • impactor perturbation and biological recovery, three phases;
  • impact fracturing, fractures as spaces for microbial growth;
  • biota advantages, from impact-induced fracturing;
  • schematic, nomenclature of organisms inhabiting rocks;
  • Haughton impact structure, shocked gneisses and physical/light;
  • impact shocked gneiss, and cryptoendolithic colonization;
  • Haughton structure, evidence for bioessential cation depletion;
  • asteroid/comet impact, survival/or deleterious for organisms

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Physical changes

  • Chemical changes

  • Impact events and weathering

  • Impoverishment or enrichment?

  • Astrobiological implications

  • Concluding remarks

  • References