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A New Form of Life part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This news article introduces the discovery of a new extreme-loving microorganism, Spirochaeta americana, in California's exotic Mono Lake. It compares the geology of Mono Lake to the Gusev Crater on ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Principles
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Audio
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline, Alkaline
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

Unearthing Clues to Martian Fossils part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This news article explains why scientists are looking to the tufa of Mono Lake, CA for hints of life on Mars. The article describes current conditions on Mars and suggests that it may have had a ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Astrobiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Principles
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline, Alkaline
Grade Level: Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)

The Astrobiology Curriculum part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is a preview version of the Astrobiology Curriculum, an interdisciplinary year-long course for middle and high school students developed by TERC and NASA. Through a series of investigations ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Microbiology, Astrobiology
Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity, Course Information:Goals/Syllabi, Activities:Lab Activity
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

The Goldilocks Zone part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line news article introduces the Goldilocks Zone, an area of space adequate for the survival of life. Initially believed to be a remarkably small region of space that didn't even include the ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: High Pressure, Anhydrous, Altered by Humans, Hypersaline, Anoxic, High Radiation, Alkaline, Acidic, Extremely Cold, Extremely Hot
Grade Level: General Public, College Lower (13-14), Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)

Secrets of a Salty Survivor part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Science at NASA article reports the ability of the halophilic bacteria Halobacterium to survive lethal doses of radiation, extreme dryness, and the vacuum of space. Potential applications for ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Molecular Biology, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Audio, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: High Radiation, Hypersaline
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14), Middle (6-8)

Life Under a Spanish Red River part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This magazine article introduces the Rio Tinto - a polluted, acidic river in Spain - and its significance in the Mars Analog Research and Technology Experiment (MARTE). As part of NASA�s search for ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Microbiology, Astrobiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Acidic, Altered by Humans
Grade Level: General Public, College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

Halophiles in Space part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This two-minute video interview with SETI researcher Rocco Mancinelli describes his interest in halophiles and their adaptive abilities to withstand extreme environments, including the vacuum and ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Microbiology, Astrobiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline
Grade Level: General Public, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)

Voices: Rocco Mancinelli part of SERC Web Resource Collection

SETI scientist Rocco Mancinelli is featured in this interview about halophiles and their role in the search for extraterrestrial life. Mancinelli speaks to a young audience, recalling how he became ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Evolution:Principles, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Principles
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline
Grade Level: High School (9-12), General Public, Middle (6-8)

Extreme Bugs Found in Slag Dump part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This news article reports that scientists recently discovered microbial communities thriving in the slag dumps of the Lake Calumet region of southeast Chicago where the water can reach a pH of 12.8. ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology, Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Altered by Humans, Alkaline
Grade Level: High School (9-12), General Public, Middle (6-8)

Who Can Live Here? Life in Extreme Environments part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Astrobiology in the Classroom leads students in the exploration of the limits of life on Earth to extend their beliefs about life to include its possibility on other worlds. In this four-part ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Evolution:Principles, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology, Ecology:Principles, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism
Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

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