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New Signs of Polar Life part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article from Astrobiology Magazine focuses on the large colonies of micro-organisms that have been found living beneath rocks from extreme polar habitats. These photosynthetic micro-organisms ...

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 ...

Fungi Help Reduce Transplant Failures at the Roots part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This news article reports that inoculating trees with mycorrhizal fungi prior to or at planting has revolutionized the reforestation of mined lands and similar projects. The fungi form a kind of ...

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, ...

The Winogradsky Column: An Animated Tutorial part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This five-minute animated tutorial describes Winogradsky columns. The tutorial shows how to create a Winogradsky Column, describes the various layers and types of microbes in a column, and explains ...

Audio Interview with Dr. Carol Stoker about MARTE and the Rio Tinto part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site features links to broadcast quality audio files and transcripts from an interview with Dr. Carol Stoker about the Mars Analog Research and Technology Experiment (MARTE) which is to take ...

The Discovery of the Lost City Hydrothermal Field, 2000 part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This page (part of the Lost City Expedition Site) describes the serendipitous discovery of the Lost City Hydrothermal Field by. In 2000, Kelley, Karson, and Früh-Green participated on a cruise ...

Some Microbes Help Degrade Pollutants in Delaware River, Researchers Find part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Brief news article on research of microorganism degrading polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH's) in the Delaware Estuary. Site also has links to the Sea Grant News Media's Press center, Experts Guide, ...

East African Rift Valley Links for Learning part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web page contains links to a collection of resources devoted to the East African Valley Rift, with emphasis on environmental issues and concerns. It lists web addresses by subtopics, in outline ...

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