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Exobiology in the Solar System and the Search for Life on Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 180-page report of the European Space Agency offers an exobiological view of the solar system and describes the search for life on Mars. Exobiology sections include: chemical evolution in the ...

Microbial Wonders of the Deep part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Microbial Wonders of the Deep explores a number of interesting and highly adaptive organisms within some of the most extreme environments imaginable- those of the deep ocean. The website focuses on ...

Tardigrades part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This highly informative and detailed web site features a Pathfinder Science hands-on, minds-on guided research activity dedicated to tardigrades, also known as water bears. The site helps to create ...

Phylum: Tardigrada (water bears, tardigrades) part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web page describes water bears, minute animals that can remain dormant in a dry state for over 100 years. The page addresses what they are, where they are found, their general biology, ...

Extreme Animals part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online news article discusses the ability of tardigrades to withstand harsh conditions. The article covers the history, biology and significance of tardigrades, as well as the different types of ...

Tardigrades: Bears of the Moss part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online PowerPoint presentation is dedicated to the phylum Tardigrada. It discusses distinguishing characteristics of Tardigrades (also known as water bears), their relationship to arthropods and ...

Sea Floor Hot Springs As Teeming With Valuable Minerals And Microbes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article found in SpaceDaily is a review of the research and professional affiliations of marine geologist and geophysicist Peter A. Rona of the department of geological sciences and the ...

Evolution and Biogeography of Deep-Sea Vent and Seep Invertebrates part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Science Magazine article reviews the diversity, evolution, and biogeography of deep-sea vent and seep invertebrates. Beginning with their initial discovery in 1977, this article examines the ...

Deep Life in the Slow, Slow Lane part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Science Magazine article provides an overview of microorganisms able to survive deep beneath the Earth's surface. These organisms live on and within rock, slowly eating away at the rock as a ...

20,000 Microbes Under the Sea part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website contains the introduction to a Discover Magazine article about bacteria found living under the floor of the Black Sea. The sea floor core, taken in 2001, contained a cubic meter of ...

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