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"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 ...

McMurdo LTER Project Overview part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The site provides background on the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) Project, an interdisciplinary study of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in a cold desert region of ...

The McMurdo Dry Valley Lakes Microbial Observatory part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is home to the McMurdo Dry Valley Lakes Observatory, a research group studying an area with valleys that harbor the only permanently ice-covered lakes on Earth, previously thought to harbor ...

Priscu Research Group part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Priscu Research Group, led by Professor John C. Priscu in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University focuses on the geomicrobiology, biogeochemistry, ...

Brian D. Lanoil part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is the home page for Brian D. Lanoil, Associate Professor of the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, with research specialization in life in extreme environments, ...

Endolithic Microorganisms in the Antarctic Cold Desert part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This image-rich Science article describes initial research done in the Antarctic dry valleys involving cryptoendolithic (microbes that live in rock pores) lichen communities in sandstone. The paper ...

Microbial trace-fossil formation, biogenous, and abiotic weathering in the Antarctic cold desert part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This Science scholarly article provides information about cryptoendolithic (microbes living within rock pores) life in the Antarctic cold desert. In the Antarctic cold desert (Ross Desert), the ...

Exploration of deep intraterrestrial microbial life: current perspectives part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This FEMS Microbiology Letters paper presents a review of research regarding deep terrestrial microorganisms. Intraterrestrial life (microbes living within rock) has been found at depths of several ...