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This page provides a collection of general resources including websites, PowerPoint presentations, teaching activities, data sets, and other useful materials for creating or enhancing courses related to microbiology and extreme environments. These materials can be used to support lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and class projects and activities. By narrowing the view, you may define and refine your search according to topics of your special interest.


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The Microbial Biorealm part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Microbial Biorealm is an informational site about microbes written by students for students. Hosted by Kenyon College, the site includes molecular and taxonomic information about microbes from ...

Ferroplasma acidarmanus part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web page provides a description and photograph of Ferroplasma acidarmanus, a newfound archaeon microbe that eats iron, lives in acid-drenched conditions, and has been identified as a chief ...

Australians Sweep up Black Smoker Chimney part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This brief web article features an Australian research team who dredged up a black smoker from the deep waters of the Bismark Sea. The article recounts the team's expedition and discusses the team's ...

Tardigrades part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This highly informative and detailed web site features a Pathfinder Science hands-on, minds-on guided research activity dedicated to tardigrades, also known as water bears. The site helps to create ...

Phylum: Tardigrada (water bears, tardigrades) part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web page describes water bears, minute animals that can remain dormant in a dry state for over 100 years. The page addresses what they are, where they are found, their general biology, ...

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 ...

The Great Flood of Summer 1993: Mississippi River Discharge Studied part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This American Geophysical Union article documents factors contributing to the enlargement of the Mississippi River delta dead zone as a result of the 1993 Mississippi River flood. Unusually high ...

The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Science Museum of Minnesota interactive site is designed to teach elementary school kids about the Gulf of Mexico dead zone. It addresses the questions what is a dead zone, what causes it, and ...

Black Smokers part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This brief web article features black smokers and discusses the history of their discovery, the geologic processes creating black smokers, and the various life forms inhabiting this extreme ...

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 ...