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Size Limits of Very Small Microorganisms Proceedings of a Workshop part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This National Academy of Sciences web page provides links to discussions and papers regarding whether or not nanobacteria may be considered life forms based on size constraints. The papers and ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Astrobiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Collection

Mineralogy and Geochemistry: Mars Pathfinder Science Results part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center features a geochemical analysis of rocks and soils on the surface of Mars using the rover's Alpha Proton X-Ray Spectrometer. Interestingly, these ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars:Martian Meteorites, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Geochemistry, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars, Mars:Volcanology/Petrology
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work

Nanobacteria: surely not figments, but what under heaven are they? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Natural Science article, written by the "Father of Nannobacteria," introduces the dilemma of what nannobacteria are and whether or not they should be considered living organisms. It ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Ecology:Metabolism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations

Nanobiology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Natural Science website contains links to articles associated with nanobes and nanobacteria from various accredited sources. A short summary is included after each entry.
Subject: Mineralogy: Biology:Molecular Biology, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Biogeochemistry
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Collection

The Chemical Composition of Martian Soil and Rocks Returned by the Mobile Alpha Proton X-ray Spectrometer: Preliminary Results from the X-ray Mode part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article presents the chemical composition of six soils and five rocks at the Ares Vallis landing site obtained by the alpha proton x-ray spectrometer on board the rover of the Mars Pathfinder ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars:Martian Meteorites, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Mineralogy:Mineral Analysis, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Geochemical Analysis, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars, Mars:Volcanology/Petrology
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work

Search for Past Life on Mars: Possible Relic Biogenic Activity in Martian Meteorite ALH84001 part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Science magazine article documents possible evidence of nanofossils found on Martian meteorite ALH84001. The research team, led by NASA's David McKay, found carbonate globules that are similar ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Mineral Analysis, Biomineralogy, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Stable Isotopes, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Astrobiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results

Evidence of Ancient Martian Life in Meteorite ALH84001? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This NASA website provides a summary of a study led by NASA's David McKay that may provide evidence for past life on Mars. McKay and his team found carbonate globule features on the ALH84001 ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars:Life on Mars, Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Geochemistry, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Stable Isotopes, Biology:Astrobiology, Biogeochemistry
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work

Magnetite morphology and life on Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This National Academy of Sciences scholarly paper discusses the strongest line of evidence for past life on Mars based on NASA's David McKay's original claims of finding nanofossils on the ALH84001 ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars:Life on Mars, Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Microscopy, Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Geochemistry, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Crystallography, Biomineralogy, Mineral Analysis, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Astrobiology
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Scientific Resources:Research Results

An alternative interpretation of nanobacteria-induced biomineralization part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PNAS Microbiology scholarly paper discusses alternative explanations for "nanobe structures" found in the human body that are thought to contribute to tooth and arterial plaque. Their ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Biology:Microbiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Molecular Methods, Culturing Methods, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy, Biology:Molecular Biology, Microbiology:Microbiology and Health
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results

SEM imaging of bacteria in carbonate sediments and rocks part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Journal of Sedimentary Petrology scholarly paper details the findings of Robert Folk, the "father of nannobacteria." Folk is credited with discovering nanobe structures in carbonate ...
Subject: Mineralogy: Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy, Biology:Molecular Biology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Microscopy
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results