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Nanobiology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Natural Science website contains links to articles associated with nanobes and nanobacteria from various accredited sources. A short summary is included after each entry.
Subject: Biology: Biology:Molecular Biology, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Biogeochemistry
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Collection
Grade Level: General Public, Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), Middle (6-8), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)

Size Limits of Very Small Microorganisms Proceedings of a Workshop part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This National Academy of Sciences web page provides links to discussions and papers regarding whether or not nanobacteria may be considered life forms based on size constraints. The papers and ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Astrobiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Collection
Grade Level: General Public, Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)

Geomicrobiology: How Molecular-Scale Interactions Underpin Biogeochemical Systems part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Science scholarly article discusses the molecular biology behind geomicrobiology. It features sections about microbial diversity, microbial activity in the environment, mechanistic details, the ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Biogeochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Habitats:Within Rock
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Extremely Hot, Anoxic
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14)

Paleoceanography part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This National Climate Data Center collection features links to climate data derived from ocean records. These include CLIMAP (sea surface temperature reconstructions), SPECMAP (a reconstruction based ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Biogeochemistry
Resource Type: Datasets and Tools:Datasets, Scientific Resources:Collection
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)

Global Climate Change: A Glance in the Rear View Mirror part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Geotimes article provides information regarding the inference of paleoclimate (global climate change) from proxy data such as ice core (oxygen isotope) records and biota found in deep sea ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Depositional environments:Deep Marine Environment, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Stable Isotopes, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)

Deep Life in the Slow, Slow Lane part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Science Magazine article provides an overview of microorganisms able to survive deep beneath the Earth's surface. These organisms live on and within rock, slowly eating away at the rock as a ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Benthic, Marine, Within Rock, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Astrobiology, Ecology:Metabolism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: High Pressure, Anoxic
Ocean Environments: Deep Sea Floor/Abyssal
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, General Public, Middle (6-8), College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)

Evidence of Chemolithoautotrophy in the Bacterial Community Associated with Alvinella pompejana, a Hydrothermal Vent Polychaete part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal article analyzes the bacterial community associated with Alvinella pompejana (Pompeii worm), suggesting that members of both the episymbiont and ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Benthic, Marine, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Molecular Methods, Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results
Extreme Environments: High Pressure, Extremely Hot
Ocean Environments: Deep Sea Floor/Abyssal:Hydrothermal Systems
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14)

Nannobacteria Photo Gallery part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Mississippi State University Geosciences web page contains links to photos of nannobacteria, most taken by Robert Folk, the "Father of Nannobacteria," and F. L. Lynch. ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy, Biology:Astrobiology, Biogeochemistry
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations
Extreme Environments: Extremely Hot
Grade Level: Informal, General Public, College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, Middle (6-8), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)

Magnetite morphology and life on Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This National Academy of Sciences scholarly paper discusses the strongest line of evidence for past life on Mars based on NASA's David McKay's original claims of finding nanofossils on the ALH84001 ...
Subject: Biology: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars:Life on Mars, Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Microscopy, Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Geochemistry, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Crystallography, Biomineralogy, Mineral Analysis, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Astrobiology
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Scientific Resources:Research Results
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14)

New approaches to the study of Antarctic lithobiontic microorganisms and their inorganic traces, and their application in the detection of life in Martian rocks part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This International Microbiology review article discusses possible ways to study cryptoendolithic (orgamisms living within pores of a rock) life in Antarctica using microscopy and how these studies ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Microscopy, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Within Rock, Biology:Biogeochemistry
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Extremely Cold
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14)