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5 (extremely alkaline), albeit maintaining their intracellular pH between pH 4 and 9. As with temperature, the intracellular machinery cannot escape the inﬂuence of pressure. However, there are organisms in the deepest parts of the ocean (pressure 1100bar). The extreme pressure limit for life on Earth is unknown – environments of above 1100 bar have not been explored. 12 Andr´e Brack For a long time, it was believed that deep subterranean environments were sterile. An important recent development has been the recognition that bacteria actually thrive in the terrestrial crust.
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2 Europa Europa appears as one of the most enigmatic of the Galilean satellites. 0 g cm−3 , the Jovian satellite should be dominated by rocks. Ground-based spectroscopy, combined with gravity data, suggests that the satellite has an icy crust kilometres thick and a rocky interior. The Voyager images showed very few impact craters on Europa’s surface, indicating recent, and probably continuing, resurfacing by cryovolcanic and tectonic processes. , 1998). Data from Galileo’s near-infrared mapping spectrometer show hydrated salts that could be evaporites.