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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 ...

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 ...

Utah Microbes May Have Come From Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article reports that halophiles of the Great Salt Lake produce pigments that shield their DNA from sun damage and enzymes that allow them to embrace hypersaline environments. The majority of ...

Microbial Wonders of the Deep: Halophiles part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This reference site describes the adaptations of truly halophilic organisms that have a dependency upon high salt concentrations for survival. It discusses the creation of different hypersaline ...

Salt of the Early Earth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This astrobiology news article analyzes the role salt played in the evolution of life on Earth. It explains why scientists have long assumed that life originated in the sea and describes the history ...

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 ...

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 at the Extremes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This news source provides journalists with information about scientist Linda Amaral Zettler and the extreme environment of the Rio Tinto. The resource explains that the Rio Tinto, once considered ...

Fuligo septica, the Dog Vomit Slime Mold part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This informational website features the slime mold Fuligo septica, Tom Volk's Fungus of the Month for June 1999. It includes an audio pronunciation tool, educational information about slime molds, ...

Humongous Fungus part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 1992 online news article reports a 37acre fungus that has been discovered at the Wisconsin-Michigan border. It is 1500 years old, weighs between 100 and 1000 tons, and is still spreading. The ...