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Eukaryotes in Extreme Environments part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article is a compilation of information about free-living eukaryotes in extreme environments. Written in summary form, it includes anaerobes, thermophiles, psychrophiles, acidophiles, ...

Exotic-looking Microbes Turn Up In Ancient Antarctic Ice part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article describes newly discovered microbial organisms in the Antarctic ice sheet. The microbes were discovered in deep ice core samples from the Vostok Station about 1,000 km from the South ...

Ice Cube of Exotic Microbes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article describes a permafrost subglacial lake discovered beneath Antarctica. The lake offers scientists a chance to test their sterile drilling techniques before exploring elsewhere in search ...

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 ...

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 ...

Arsenic: Toxic to People, Vital for Some Microbes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line newspaper article introduces arsenic-breathing bacteria. The article briefly describes the history and uses of arsenic and then explains how these microbes may be responsible for arsenic ...

First Salt-Loving Bug Sequenced part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line news article reports that scientists have sequenced the genome of the first salt-loving extremophile, a microorganism that can survive in conditions 10 times saltier than seawater. This ...

Building a Winogradsky Column Video Demonstration part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This five-minute Quick Time video demonstrates how to build a Winogradsky Column. The video is published by NASA Quest and can be used as a teaching supplement to classroom activities including the ...

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 ...

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