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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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's research ...

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't even include the ...

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 Mysterious Life of Caves part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a companion website to a NOVA television series investigating strange life-forms found in toxic caverns. The program reviews the traditional theory of cave formation; introduces new theories ...

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 ...

Microbial Diversity of Cryptoendolithic Communities from the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Applied and Environmental Microbiology abstract contains information about the diversity of Antarctic cryptoendoliths (microbes that live within rock pores), as determined by molecular studies. ...

Metazoans in Extreme Environments: Adaptations of Hydrothermal Vent and Hydrocarbon Seep Fauna part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Gravitational and Space Biology Bulletin article examines the challenges of living on or near a hydrothermal vent or hydrothermal seep system. It particularly In particular, it describes the ...