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Yellowstone Resources and Issues Guide - Astrobiology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This report explores the connection between geomicrobiology and astrobiology, explaining NASA's interest in the natural history of Yellowstone National Park. Multi-institution research teams are ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Diversity, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Evolution, Ecology:Metabolism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Extremely Hot
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, General Public, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)

Microscopy For Children: A Bibliography part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is a bibliography of books, videotapes, CD-ROMs and websites on microscopy and related topics, for children, their teachers, and parents. Books include curriculum guides and supplemental ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Microscopy, Biology:Microbiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Field Methods
Resource Type: Pedagogic Resources:Collection
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, General Public, College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), 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)

Superbug Survival is Basic part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line news article investigates the question: Can microbial life thrive in the caustic conditions common to floor strippers and baking soda? It reports samples near a landfill in south Chicago ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Alkaline
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), General Public, High School (9-12)

Eukaryotes in Extreme Environments part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article is a compilation of information about free-living eukaryotes in extreme environments. Written in summary form, it includes anaerobes, thermophiles, psychrophiles, acidophiles, ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Diversity, Microbiology, Biology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline, Anhydrous, Anoxic, Extremely Hot, High Pressure, Alkaline, Acidic, Extremely Cold
Grade Level: Informal, General Public, Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)

Ice Cube of Exotic Microbes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article describes a permafrost subglacial lake discovered beneath Antarctica. The lake offers scientists a chance to test their sterile drilling techniques before exploring elsewhere in search ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Biogeochemistry, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Field Methods , Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Extremely Cold
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), General Public, High School (9-12)

Arsenic: Toxic to People, Vital for Some Microbes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line newspaper article introduces arsenic-breathing bacteria. The article briefly describes the history and uses of arsenic and then explains how these microbes may be responsible for arsenic ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: General Public, High School (9-12)

First Salt-Loving Bug Sequenced part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line news article reports that scientists have sequenced the genome of the first salt-loving extremophile, a microorganism that can survive in conditions 10 times saltier than seawater. This ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Microbiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Molecular Methods
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline
Grade Level: General Public, College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)

Mono Basin Clearinghouse part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site serves as a comprehensive listing of scientific information on the Mono Basin, California. It is organized into the following categories: reports and studies database; reports and studies ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology, :Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Diversity, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Field Methods , Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology , Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Collection, Scientific Resources, Audio/Visual, Datasets and Tools
Extreme Environments: Altered by Humans, Hypersaline, Alkaline
Grade Level: General Public, Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)

The Student Revolution that Saved Mono Lake part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This essay, written by a twelfth-grader in California, details the history of Mono Lake conservation. Beginning in 1976, it traces the events that inspired a few college students to form the Mono ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Altered by Humans, Hypersaline, Alkaline
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), General Public, High School (9-12)

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