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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 ...

Snow Microbes found at South Pole part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In the online article "Snow Microbes Found at the South Pole" BBC news scientific editor David Whitehorse highlights the identification of polar microbes with DNA sequences similar to a ...

Life in extreme environments part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Nature insight review article "Life in extreme environments" is a detailed description of bacterial prevalence in extreme environments. It includes diagrams and descriptions of the ...

Extremophiles part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article introduces the reader to the diversity and significance of extremophiles. Descriptions are provided of the habitat and ecology of thermophiles, psychrophiles (cold lovers), acidophiles, ...

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 ...

"Miracle" Microbes Thrive at Earth's Extremes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This news article introduces extremophiles, microbes found thriving in the most inhospitable environments on Earth. It reviews the differences between extremophiles and mesophiles, and how archaea ...

Life in Extreme Environments: The Universe May Be More Habitable Than We Thought, Part 2 part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article explores microbial life in extreme environments associated with salinity, acidity, alkalinity, high temperature, low temperature, radiation, gravity, and pressure. It also introduces the ...

Robert Falcon Scott part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Robert Falcon Scott, one of the earliest explorers of the McMurdo region of Antarctica, is featured in this website. The site contains an overview of Scott's life including information on the ...