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Living in an Alkaline Environment


Living in an Alkaline Environment is a three-part activity that explores the ecology and diversity of life in alkaline environments. It can be downloaded as a Word (Microsoft Word 124kB Apr29 05) document or accessed by using the left-hand navigation and provided links below.

Student using proper safety procedures in the laboratory, Mono Lake, Dunaliella, Frontonia, Artemia monica, California Gull
From left to right: Mia Patterson uses proper safety procedures as she begins the activity (Image credit: David J. Patterson); Mono Lake (Image credit: Brett Leigh Dicks/microscope ); Dunaliella (Image Credit: David J. Patterson/microscope ); Frontonia (Image credit: David J. Patterson/microscope ); Artemia monica (Image credit: David J. Patterson/microscope ); California Gull (Image credit: National Park Service staff photo)


Living in an Alkaline Environment features Mono Lake, CA as an example of an alkaline, hypersaline ecosystem.The first two components are hands-on activities, while the third component is a web-based inquiry:


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Related Collections


The following Microbial Life Collections offer related background information and resources to supplement topics covered in this activity:


Microbial Life in Alkaline Environments examines the challenges of living in an alkaline environment. It includes a summary of survival mechanisms and enzymatic industrial applications, as well as a collection of resources featuring this amazing group of microbes.



Mono Lake: Mono Lake, located in California's Eastern Sierra, is both alkaline and hypersaline. In addition to its unusual array of alkaliphilic, halophilic, and anaerobic inhabitants, it has a remarkarble preservation success story.

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