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Voices: Rocco Mancinelli part of SERC Web Resource Collection

SETI scientist Rocco Mancinelli is featured in this interview about halophiles and their role in the search for extraterrestrial life. Mancinelli speaks to a young audience, recalling how he became ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

Life in Alternate Environments part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online lecture provides information about life in extreme environments from the perspective of an undergraduate geology class. It explores current conditions for life, the origins of life, and ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Microbial World: Winogradsky Column- Perpetual Life in a Tube part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Winogradsky column web page is designed to teach undergraduate students a simple model system of nutrient cycling in natural waters. It includes a physical description of the column and explains ...

Soil & Windogradsky Column Hotlist part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is an Internet hotlist on the Windogradsky column. Published by a high school teacher, it includes links to soil profiles, soil taxonomy, and Winogradsky Columns.