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Microbiology of Permanently Cold and Frozen Environments part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is the home page of Antarctic researcher Brent Christner. His site provides detailed reviews of ongoing research involving the identification of microorganisms in cold environments such as ...

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 ...

Tardigrades part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This highly informative and detailed web site features a Pathfinder Science hands-on, minds-on guided research activity dedicated to tardigrades, also known as water bears. The site helps to create ...

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, ...

Extreme Animals part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online news article discusses the ability of tardigrades to withstand harsh conditions. The article covers the history, biology and significance of tardigrades, as well as the different types of ...

Tardigrades: Bears of the Moss part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online PowerPoint presentation is dedicated to the phylum Tardigrada. It discusses distinguishing characteristics of Tardigrades (also known as water bears), their relationship to arthropods and ...

Tardigrades part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online article describes tardigrades and discusses how amateur microscopists can help scientists understand more about microscopic organisms called tardigrades, commonly known as water bears. ...

Bacteria under ice: Some don't like it hot part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article written by Richard Monastersky of Science News Online describes the work of Martin Sharp of the University of Alberta and colleagues from the United Kingdom. This group began searching ...

Research Team Discovers First Evidence of Microbes Living in a Rock Glacier part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This NSF press release reports that scientists have discovered evidence of microbial activity in a rock glacier high above tree line in the Rocky Mountains, a barren environment previously thought to ...

"Year-Round Access to the McMurdo Region: Opportunities for Science and Education" part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This presentation describes the logistics associated with research in the Antarctic. It includes an introduction to the study site, alternatives for winter deployment, environmental issues, safety ...

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