Subglacial Environments and the Search for Life Beyond the Earth

  1. Martin J. Siegert and
  2. Mahlon C. Kennicutt II
  1. Charles S. Cockell1,
  2. Elizabeth Bagshaw2,
  3. Matt Balme1,
  4. Peter Doran3,
  5. Christopher P. Mckay4,
  6. Katarina Miljkovic1,
  7. David Pearce5,
  8. Martin J. Siegert6,
  9. Martyn Tranter2,
  10. Mary Voytek7 and
  11. Jemma Wadham2

Published Online: 25 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118670354.ch8

Antarctic Subglacial Aquatic Environments

Antarctic Subglacial Aquatic Environments

How to Cite

Cockell, C. S., Bagshaw, E., Balme, M., Doran, P., Mckay, C. P., Miljkovic, K., Pearce, D., Siegert, M. J., Tranter, M., Voytek, M. and Wadham, J. (2011) Subglacial Environments and the Search for Life Beyond the Earth, in Antarctic Subglacial Aquatic Environments (eds M. J. Siegert and M. C. Kennicutt), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1002/9781118670354.ch8

Author Information

  1. 1

    Planetary And Space Sciences Research Institute, Open University Milton Keynes, Uk

  2. 2

    School Of Geographical Sciences, University Of Bristol Bristol, Uk

  3. 3

    Department Of Earth And Environmental Sciences, University Of Illinois At Chicago Chicago, Illinois, USA

  4. 4

    Nasa Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, USA

  5. 5

    British Antarctic Survey Cambridge, Uk

  6. 6

    School Of Geosciences, University Of Edinburgh Edinburgh, Uk

  7. 7

    Nasa Headquarters Washington, D.C., USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875904825

Online ISBN: 9781118670354



  • Subglacial lakes–Antarctica–History;
  • Subglacial lakes–Antarctica–Discovery and exploration;
  • Subglacial lakes–Polar regions–History;
  • Subglacial lakes–Polar regions–Discovery and exploration;
  • Aquatic ecology–Antarctica;
  • subglacial;
  • Enceladus;
  • Europa;
  • Mars;
  • life;
  • exploration


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Distribution and Biological Potential of Subglacial Habitats on the Earth

  • Extraterrestrial Subglacial Environments

  • Terrestrial Analogs: Parallels and Limitations

  • Risk of Contamination

  • Plans for Exploration

  • Conclusion