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The Mysterious Life of Caves part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a companion website to a NOVA television series investigating strange life-forms found in toxic caverns. The program reviews the traditional theory of cave formation; introduces new theories ...

The HaloEd Project part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The HaloEd Project is a web site dedicated to biotechnology education using Halobacteria, halophilic bacteria that live in the hypersaline environments of the world. The site lists why Halobacteria ...

Hands-on Experiments To Test for Acid Mine Drainage part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is an on-line prototype for a book aimed at teaching kids the effects of acid mine drainage on our environment through experimentation and observation. Experiments introduce litmus paper, pH ...

Some Like It Hot, Some Like It Cold: Microbial Life in Hot Springs and Antarctic Lakes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website contains a lab activity, appropriate for use in grades 9-12 Biology I, that will help students understand the role of temperature in determining what kinds of organisms are found in ...

Dry Up Baby! Anhydrobiosis part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This lab activity offers students an exploration into the survival mechanisms of organisms inhabiting the extreme environmental conditions of the Polar Regions. Students will design experiments using ...

Who Can Live Here? Life in Extreme Environments part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Astrobiology in the Classroom leads students in the exploration of the limits of life on Earth to extend their beliefs about life to include its possibility on other worlds. In this four-part ...

Building a Winogradsky Column: An Educator Guide with Activities in Astrobiology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 27-page educator guide is a NASA Quest resource about Microbial Ecology and related Astrobiology activities. Students will construct a Winogradsky Column to observe the growth of microbes in a ...

Winogradsky Columns part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is an exercise about Winogradsky Columns with emphasis placed on the formation and properties of microbial biofilms. It includes background reference material, a field/lab exercise, and several ...

Life in Extreme Environments: Who is on Top in the Food Chain and How Much do They Eat? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This lab activity encourages students to design experiments in order to gain some understanding of the feeding rates of Rotifers and/or Tardigrades. Students will use organisms collected locally or ...

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