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    Life in Extreme Environments (LExEn) Workshop Report part of SERC Web Resource Collection

    This is a draft report of the Life in Extreme Environments (LExEn) workshop held at the National Science Foundation. It proposes questions such as: What conditions determine the limits of life? What ...
    Subject: Biology: Biology:Biogeochemistry, Diversity, Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Astrobiology, Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Molecular Methods, Biology:Microbiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Field Methods , Microscopy
    Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
    Extreme Environments: Hypersaline, High Pressure, Anoxic, Extremely Hot, Anhydrous, High Radiation, Extremely Cold, Alkaline, Acidic
    Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16)

    Rio Tinto estuary (Spain): 5000 years of pollution part of SERC Web Resource Collection

    This journal article examines the major sources of pollution in the Rio Tinto estuary of southern Spain. The introduction includes a historical perspective of the region, description of the Rio Tinto ...
    Subject: Biology: Biology:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Field Methods , Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism
    Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results
    Extreme Environments: Altered by Humans, Acidic
    Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14)

    Exobiology in the Solar System and the Search for Life on Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

    This 180-page report of the European Space Agency offers an exobiological view of the solar system and describes the search for life on Mars. Exobiology sections include: chemical evolution in the ...
    Subject: Biology: Biology:Evolution:Principles, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Ecology:Principles, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Astrobiology
    Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
    Extreme Environments: Hypersaline, High Radiation, Anoxic, Extremely Hot, Anhydrous, High Pressure, Extremely Cold, Acidic, Alkaline
    Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)

    Heavy Metal Mining Using Microbes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

    This 29-page journal article is a review of heavy metal mining using microbes. It details the history of biomining, general characteristics of biomining microbes, biodiversity of biomining microbes, ...
    Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology, :Biogeochemistry, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Oxidation/Reduction Reactions, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry
    Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Scientific Resources
    Extreme Environments: Acidic, Altered by Humans
    Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)

    Microbial Ecology of an Extreme Acidic Environment, the Tinto River part of SERC Web Resource Collection

    This journal article analyzes the microbial ecology of the Rio Tinto, an extreme environment with a rather constant acidic pH and high concentration of heavy metals. Molecular ecology techniques are ...
    Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology, :Molecular , Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Aqueous Solutions, Oxidation/Reduction Reactions, Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Molecular Methods
    Resource Type: Scientific Resources, :Research Results
    Extreme Environments: Acidic
    Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16)

    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 ...
    Subject: Biology: Biology:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology
    Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations
    Extreme Environments: Acidic, Altered by Humans
    Grade Level: General Public, Graduate/Professional, High School (9-12), College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)

    The Role of Micro-Organisms in Acid Rock Drainage part of SERC Web Resource Collection

    This reference site explains the role of microbes in acid rock drainage. Topics include the sulfur cycle, the role of microorganisms in the sulfur cycle, natural oxidation in the sulfur cycle, ...
    Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology, :Microbiology, Biogeochemistry, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Geochemistry:Acid/Base Reactions, Oxidation/Reduction Reactions, Aqueous Solutions
    Resource Type: Scientific Resources, :Overview/Reference Work
    Extreme Environments: Acidic
    Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16)

    Microbial Leaching of Metals part of SERC Web Resource Collection

    This 16-page book chapter details microbial leaching of metals. Sections include an introduction, terminology, historical background, principles of microbial metal leaching, microbial diversity in ...
    Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology, :Biogeochemistry, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Oxidation/Reduction Reactions, Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry
    Resource Type: Scientific Resources, :Overview/Reference Work
    Extreme Environments: Acidic, Altered by Humans
    Grade Level: High School (9-12), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)

    Microbial Mining part of SERC Web Resource Collection

    This article discusses the use of microbial populations in the bioleaching of valuble ores from rock near or within the subsurface of the Earth.
    Subject: Biology: Biology:Biogeochemistry, Biology, :Microbiology, Ecology:Metabolism, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Oxidation/Reduction Reactions
    Resource Type: Scientific Resources, :Overview/Reference Work
    Extreme Environments: Altered by Humans, Acidic
    Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14)

    Hardy Microbe Thrives at pH 0 part of SERC Web Resource Collection

    This article reports that a team of geomicrobiologists has detected a new microbe, called Ferroplasma acidarmanus, surviving in some of the most acidic waters on Earth - a seemingly impossible pH ...
    Subject: Biology: Biology:Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Biogeochemistry
    Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
    Extreme Environments: Acidic
    Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)

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