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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)

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)

The Search for Extremophiles on Earth and Beyond part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this article, Penelope Boston examines the limits of life in a variety of Earth's extreme environments as well as the connection to possible extraterrestrial life. Also included are a number of ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Evolution, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Biology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: High Radiation, High Pressure, Anhydrous, Extremely Cold, Extremely Hot
Grade Level: Middle (6-8), General Public, High School (9-12)

The X-philes: microorganisms at the extremes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This personal website of Richard Johnson, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Rhodes University , gives a detailed overview of the field of extremophile research. Topics covered include ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Diversity, Evolution, Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Molecular Biology, Astrobiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology , Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Bibliography, Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Extremely Hot, Extremely Cold, High Pressure, Hypersaline, Acidic, Alkaline
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Upper (15-16), General Public, College Lower (13-14)

Chemical reaction believed to support underground microbes is now unlikely part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article published by the National Science Foundation reports on new findings that suggest hydrogen may not be an available energy source to bacteria living on or near the surface of the ocean ...
Subject: Biology: Geoscience:Oceanography:Biological, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Scientific Resources
Extreme Environments: High Pressure
Ocean Environments: Deep Sea Floor/Abyssal
Grade Level: General Public

Bacteria under ice: Some don't like it hot part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article written by Richard Monastersky of Science News Online describes the work of Martin Sharp of the University of Alberta and colleagues from the United Kingdom. This group began searching ...
Subject: Biology: Biology, :Biogeochemistry, Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources, :Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: High Pressure, Extremely Cold
Grade Level: General Public

"Miracle" Microbes Thrive at Earth's Extremes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This news article introduces extremophiles, microbes found thriving in the most inhospitable environments on Earth. It reviews the differences between extremophiles and mesophiles, and how archaea ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Principles, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: High Radiation, Anhydrous, Anoxic, Hypersaline, High Pressure, Alkaline, Acidic, Extremely Cold, Extremely Hot
Grade Level: General Public, College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

Tardigrades part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This creative and informative web site is dedicated to Tardigrades, more commonly known as water bears. The site, directed towards children and the general public, includes the following features: ...
Subject: Biology: Biology, :Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Animations/Video, Images/Illustrations
Extreme Environments: High Radiation, Anhydrous, Anoxic, Extremely Hot, High Pressure, Alkaline, Acidic, Extremely Cold
Grade Level: General Public, High School (9-12), Middle (6-8), Intermediate (3-5)

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)

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