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Extreme Animals part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online news article discusses the ability of tardigrades to withstand harsh conditions. The article covers the history, biology and significance of tardigrades, as well as the different types of ...

Tardigrades: Bears of the Moss part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online PowerPoint presentation is dedicated to the phylum Tardigrada. It discusses distinguishing characteristics of Tardigrades (also known as water bears), their relationship to arthropods and ...

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 ...

Isolation of a 250 million-year-old halotolerant bacterium from a primary salt crystal part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This journal article reports the isolation and growth of a previously unrecognized spore-forming bacterium (Bacillus species) from a brine inclusion within a 250-million-year-old salt crystal from ...

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 ...

Extremophiles part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article introduces the reader to the diversity and significance of extremophiles. Descriptions are provided of the habitat and ecology of thermophiles, psychrophiles (cold lovers), acidophiles, ...

Alkaline Hypersaline Lakes as Analogs for Ancient Microbial Habitats on Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site features a scientific article associated with the Mars Global Surveyor Project, reporting data collected from a study analyzing Mono Lake as a terrestrial analog to Mars. The study is ...

Mark Twain at Mono Lake: Chapters 38 and 39 of Mark Twain's Roughing It part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This book excerpt is from Roughing It, Mark Twain's humorous account of his western travels in the late 1860's. The excerpt includes Chapters 38 and 39, which account for Twain's visit to Mono Lake. ...

HaloLex part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web site provides access to the genome of Halobacterium salinarum. It is based on the genome sequencing in the Dept. Oesterhelt of the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, ...

Extreme Halophiles Are Models for Astrobiology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Microbe Magazine article promotes the study of extremophiles, such as halophiles on Earth, as a way to provide helpful insights in our search for life elsewhere in the universe. It reports that ...