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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 ...

Extremophiles: Microbial Life in Extreme Environments part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This book provides a detailed overview of extremophiles, life-forms that thrive under some of the harshest conditions found on Earth. Over the course of 11 contributed chapters, 26 experts from ...

Tardigrades part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This creative and informative web site is dedicated to Tardigrades, more commonly known as water bears. The site, directed towards children and the general public, includes the following features: ...

Tardigrade Species Distribution Project part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website provides information about Tardigrades and introduces the Tardigrade Species Distribution Project. The objectives of the project are to engage students in hands-on science and to map the ...

Stephen Giovannoni part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The site features a research profile of Stephen Giovannoni, Professor of Microbiology and Director of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program at Oregon State University. Giovannoni

Life in Extreme Environments (LExEn) Workshop Report part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a draft report of the Life in Extreme Environments (LExEn) workshop held at the National Science Foundation. It proposes questions such as: What conditions determine the limits of life? What ...

The Goldilocks Zone part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line news article introduces the Goldilocks Zone, an area of space adequate for the survival of life. Initially believed to be a remarkably small region of space that didn

Life in Alternate Environments part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online lecture provides information about life in extreme environments from the perspective of an undergraduate geology class. It explores current conditions for life, the origins of life, and ...