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Adaptation to life at high salt concentrations in Archaea, Bacteria, and Eukarya part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This book provides an overview of current research on halophilic microorganisms, highlighting the diversity of life forms adapted to tolerate high salt concentrations and low water activities. ...

The Microbial Arsenic Cycle in Mono Lake, California part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This minireview summarizes the biogeochemical arsenic cycle in the alkaline, hypersaline Mono Lake. Some prokaryotes of the lake have evolved biochemical mechanisms to exploit arsenate and arsenite, ...

The Range of Protists in Mono Lake part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This preliminary research report suggests that Mono Lake supports a robust population of phagotrophic and heterotrophic protozoa in addition to its many species of unicellular algae, including ...

Mono Lake Microbial Observatory Progress Report part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this report a diagram is explained that shows the distribution of physical and biological properties at increasing depths, which includes temperature and fluorescence along with DGGE profiles. The ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Salt Plains Microbial Observatory part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is home of the Salt Plains Microbial Observatory, located in the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge in northern Oklahoma. This area has permitted the first extensive study of a ...

Exobiology: The Survival Ability of Halophiles under Martian Conditions part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This report examines the ability of two halophiles isolated from San Francisco Bay to survive severe Martian conditions. The report introduces the extreme conditions on Mars and offers a brief survey ...

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 ...