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The Goldilocks Zone part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line news article introduces the Goldilocks Zone, an area of space adequate for the survival of life. Initially believed to be a remarkably small region of space that didn't even include the ...

Why Owens Lake is Red! part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article explains the biological phenomena of reddish-colored salt lakes, such as Lake Owens, and playas. Applying colorful images and geological history, the author describes the processes by ...

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 ...

Mono Basin Clearinghouse part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site serves as a comprehensive listing of scientific information on the Mono Basin, California. It is organized into the following categories: reports and studies database; reports and studies ...

The Student Revolution that Saved Mono Lake part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This essay, written by a twelfth-grader in California, details the history of Mono Lake conservation. Beginning in 1976, it traces the events that inspired a few college students to form the Mono ...

Huelva Province: Rio Tinto Mines part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web site offers information about the Rio Tinto in Andalucia, Spain. It describes the opencast mine structures, landscape, rich history, and regional influence of the Rio Tinto mines. Part of a ...

NASA Facts: Mars Analog Research and Technology Experiment (MARTE) part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web site provides a brief summary and frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Mars Analog Research and Technology Experiment (MARTE). MARTE uses the search for life in the subsurface of the ...

Life Under a Spanish Red River part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This magazine article introduces the Rio Tinto - a polluted, acidic river in Spain - and its significance in the Mars Analog Research and Technology Experiment (MARTE). As part of NASA�s search for ...

Extreme Bugs Found in Slag Dump part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This news article reports that scientists recently discovered microbial communities thriving in the slag dumps of the Lake Calumet region of southeast Chicago where the water can reach a pH of 12.8. ...

Survival of the Fittest Microbes: Examining the Conditions of One River and the Microbes that Thrive There part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this lesson, created for grades 6 - 12, students learn about the harsh conditions of Spain's Rio Tinto River and research the microbes that nonetheless manage to thrive there. They then synthesize ...

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