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Extremophiles

Summary

This learning module and related laboratory exercise exposes students to extremophiles, their habitats, and the potential to find habitable environments on Mars.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:
  • Understand the environment in which the Tardigrade can survive.
  • Explore hydrothermal environments on Earth and Mars.

Context for Use

This learning module is meant for adaptation in an introductory earth science course and/or planetary science course.

Description and Teaching Materials

Compiled In-Class Activities and Homework

In-Class Activity

Homework/Lab

Teaching Notes and Tips

  • Students must be familiar with Mars environments of deposition, surface processes and climate.
  • To be successful in Homework 2 students need to have exposure and instruction in making contour maps.

Assessment

Each In-Class Activity and Homework has its own measure of Assessment.

References and Resources