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Winogradsky Columns part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is an exercise about Winogradsky Columns with emphasis placed on the formation and properties of microbial biofilms. It includes background reference material, a field/lab exercise, and several ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biofilms, Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Principles, Symbiotic Relations
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Activities:Field Activity:Field laboratories, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Activities:Lab Activity
Extreme Environments: Anoxic
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), Middle (6-8), Intermediate (3-5)

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 ...
Subject: Biology: Biology, :Microbiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Culturing Methods
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Activities:Project:Independent Research, Activities:Lab Activity
Extreme Environments: High Pressure, Anhydrous, Anoxic, Hypersaline, High Radiation, Alkaline, Extremely Hot, Acidic, Extremely Cold
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14), Middle (6-8)

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, ...
Subject: Biology: Biology, :Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline, High Radiation, Anoxic, Extremely Hot, Anhydrous, High Pressure, Alkaline, Extremely Cold, Acidic
Grade Level: Informal, General Public, College Lower (13-14), Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)

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 ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Evolution, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Biology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations
Extreme Environments: High Radiation, Anhydrous, Anoxic, Hypersaline, High Pressure, Alkaline, Extremely Cold, Acidic, Extremely Hot
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), General Public, High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

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 ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Oceanography, Geology:Geochemistry, Biology:Ecology:Principles, Habitats:Water Column
Resource Type: Audio/Visual, Activities
Extreme Environments: Anoxic
Ocean Environments: Coastal and Estuarine
Grade Level: Middle (6-8), Intermediate (3-5)

Dead Zone: Galveston Researcher Examines Loss of Marine Life part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Texas A&M newspaper article provides very general info regarding the possible link between poor water quality in the Gulf of Mexico and farm runoff. Researcher Antonietta Quigg describes ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Habitats:Water Column, Biology:Microbiology:Microbiology and Health, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry , Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Anoxic, Altered by Humans
Ocean Environments: Coastal and Estuarine, Surface Waters
Grade Level: Middle (6-8), College Lower (13-14), General Public, High School (9-12)

Restoring Life to the Dead Zone: Addressing Gulf Hypoxia, a National Problem part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This USGS fact sheet provides an introductory synopsis of some of the causes of poor water quality in the Gulf of Mexico. The dead zone is caused by increased nutrients from the Mississippi River, ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Water Column, Marine, Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry , Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Biology:Ecology:Principles
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Anoxic, Altered by Humans
Ocean Environments: Coastal and Estuarine, Surface Waters
Grade Level: Middle (6-8), College Lower (13-14), General Public, High School (9-12)

Elusive dead zone tracked in the Pacific part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This MSNBC newspaper article provides general information about poor water quality off the Oregon coast. The article recounts how scientists are hunting for very low levels of oxygen, a sign of what ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Water Column, Marine, Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry , Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Biology:Ecology:Principles
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Anoxic, Altered by Humans
Ocean Environments: Coastal and Estuarine, Surface Waters
Grade Level: Middle (6-8), College Lower (13-14), General Public, High School (9-12)

More Nitrogen Upstream, Fewer Filters Downstream part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This USGS-sponsored site provides an explanation for the low oxygen conditions of the "dead zone" stemming from the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico watersheds. The factors that ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Principles, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry , Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Habitats:Water Column, Marine
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Altered by Humans, Anoxic
Ocean Environments: Surface Waters, Coastal and Estuarine
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), General Public, High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

Phytoplankton Bloom in the Gulf of Mexico part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This NASA site features color satellite photographs of the Gulf of Mexico dead zone. The site shows pictures of the Gulf of Mexico region in natural colors as well as on a scale of different ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Water Column, Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Principles
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations
Extreme Environments: Anoxic, Altered by Humans
Ocean Environments: Coastal and Estuarine
Grade Level: General Public, College Lower (13-14), Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)

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