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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 ...

Why Owens Lake is Red! part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article explains the biological phenomena of reddish-colored salt lakes, such as Lake Owens, and playas. Applying colorful images and geological history, the author describes the processes by ...

First Salt-Loving Bug Sequenced part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line news article reports that scientists have sequenced the genome of the first salt-loving extremophile, a microorganism that can survive in conditions 10 times saltier than seawater. This ...

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 ...

Mono Basin Clearinghouse part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site serves as a comprehensive listing of scientific information on the Mono Basin, California. It is organized into the following categories: reports and studies database; reports and studies ...

The Student Revolution that Saved Mono Lake part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This essay, written by a twelfth-grader in California, details the history of Mono Lake conservation. Beginning in 1976, it traces the events that inspired a few college students to form the Mono ...

Mono Lake Microbial Observatory part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is home of the Mono Lake Microbial Observatory. The primary goal of the Mono Lake Microbial Observatory project is to examine the distributions of Mono Lake microbes and to understand the ...

Pictures of Mono Lake part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site briefly introduces the history and ecology of Mono Lake. It is comprised of 27 professional photographs, each offering a visual insight into the community's unusual landscape. All images ...

International Society for Salt Lake Research part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is home of the International Society for Salt Lake Research (ISSLR), an organization founded to establish effective liaison between persons interested in any aspect of inland saline waters, ...

Breathing Arsenate: Microbes, Minerals, Mono Lake, and Maybe Even Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This abstract explains the discovery and significance of certain diverse and novel bacterial species achieving anaerobic growth using arsenate, rather than oxygen, as a respiratory electron acceptor. ...