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Life in Alternate Environments part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online lecture provides information about life in extreme environments from the perspective of an undergraduate geology class. It explores current conditions for life, the origins of life, and ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Evolution:Principles, Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology
Resource Type: Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes
Extreme Environments: Extremely Hot, Extremely Cold, Hypersaline, Acidic, Alkaline
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)

Microbial Wonders of the Deep: Halophiles part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This reference site describes the adaptations of truly halophilic organisms that have a dependency upon high salt concentrations for survival. It discusses the creation of different hypersaline ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12)

Salt of the Early Earth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This astrobiology news article analyzes the role salt played in the evolution of life on Earth. It explains why scientists have long assumed that life originated in the sea and describes the history ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Evolution:Principles, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Astrobiology, Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), General Public, College Lower (13-14), Graduate/Professional, High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

Utah Microbes Point to Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This news article introduces the microbial halophiles of the Great Salt Lake. Featuring scientist Bonnie Baxter, the article explores the use of extremophile research in cancer defense and in the ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Principles
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline
Grade Level: General Public, College Lower (13-14), Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)

Tardigrades part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This highly informative and detailed web site features a Pathfinder Science hands-on, minds-on guided research activity dedicated to tardigrades, also known as water bears. The site helps to create ...
Subject: Biology: Biology, :Microbiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Culturing Methods
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Activities:Project:Independent Research, Activities:Lab Activity
Extreme Environments: High Pressure, Anhydrous, Anoxic, Hypersaline, High Radiation, Alkaline, Extremely Hot, Acidic, Extremely Cold
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14), Middle (6-8)

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)

Tardigrades: Bears of the Moss part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online PowerPoint presentation is dedicated to the phylum Tardigrada. It discusses distinguishing characteristics of Tardigrades (also known as water bears), their relationship to arthropods and ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Evolution, Diversity, Microbiology, Biology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes
Extreme Environments: High Pressure, Anhydrous, Anoxic, Hypersaline, High Radiation, Alkaline, Acidic, Extremely Hot, Extremely Cold
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12)

Tardigrade Species Distribution Project part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website provides information about Tardigrades and introduces the Tardigrade Species Distribution Project. The objectives of the project are to engage students in hands-on science and to map the ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Diversity, Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Animations/Video, Images/Illustrations, Activities:Project
Extreme Environments: High Pressure, Anhydrous, Anoxic, Hypersaline, High Radiation, Alkaline, Acidic, Extremely Hot, Extremely Cold
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)

Isolation of a 250 million-year-old halotolerant bacterium from a primary salt crystal part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This journal article reports the isolation and growth of a previously unrecognized spore-forming bacterium (Bacillus species) from a brine inclusion within a 250-million-year-old salt crystal from ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biology, :Evolution
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline
Grade Level: General Public, Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)