Mars for Earthlings > Lesson Modules > Extremophiles


Julia Kahmann-Robinson PhD, Marjorie Chan PhD; University of Utah Department of Geology & Geophysics
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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:

Context for Use

This module is to be utilized at the end of a full-term of Mars-related topics in conjunction with Earth science processes. To be successful in Homework 2 students need to have exposure and instruction in making contour maps.

Description and Teaching Materials

Compiled In-Class Activities and Homework

In-Class Activity


Teaching Notes and Tips


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

References and Resources

  1. Image File: Extremophiles (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.9MB Oct23 12)
  2. Gale Crater Habitability via Curiosity:
  3. Tardigrades video from SciShow on YouTube:
  4. Brine Shrimp Video (MP4 Video 6MB Oct31 12)