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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 ...

Life in Extreme Environments: Who is on Top in the Food Chain and How Much do They Eat? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This lab activity encourages students to design experiments in order to gain some understanding of the feeding rates of Rotifers and/or Tardigrades. Students will use organisms collected locally or ...

Octopus Spring part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This reference site consists of images and descriptions of Octopus Spring in Yellowstone National Park. Part of the teacher workshop "Extremities: Geology and Life in Yellowstone and ...

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 ...

Microbiology Video Library part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Microbiology Video Library offers a wide variety of downloadable images and short QuickTime movies. It includes an index of species pages, each with an image and movie, informative text page, and ...

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.

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 ...

Dry Up Baby! Anhydrobiosis part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This lab activity offers students an exploration into the survival mechanisms of organisms inhabiting the extreme environmental conditions of the Polar Regions. Students will design experiments using ...