Living in a physical world IX. Making and maintaining liquid water

@article{Vogel2006LivingIA,
  title={Living in a physical world IX. Making and maintaining liquid water},
  author={Steven Vogel},
  journal={Journal of Biosciences},
  year={2006},
  volume={31},
  pages={525-536}
}
Metabolically active organisms contain water in its liquid phase – I believe no exceptions are known. Life’s domain consists of the intersection of the circumstances under which liquid water will persist and those at the earth’s surface – except as we artifi cially maintain some bit of that domain elsewhere. No single phase of a single compound so characterizes the conditions necessary for life. Yes, a few ice crystals can often be tolerated, usually if extracellular. And water vapour can play… CONTINUE READING

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