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Exobiology: The Survival Ability of Halophiles under Martian Conditions part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This report examines the ability of two halophiles isolated from San Francisco Bay to survive severe Martian conditions. The report introduces the extreme conditions on Mars and offers a brief survey ...
Subject: Biology: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars:Life on Mars, Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)

Extremophiles part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article introduces the reader to the diversity and significance of extremophiles. Descriptions are provided of the habitat and ecology of thermophiles, psychrophiles (cold lovers), acidophiles, ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology , Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Acid/Base Reactions, Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Molecular Methods
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results, Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Extremely Cold, Hypersaline, Acidic, Extremely Hot, Alkaline
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12)

Alkaline Hypersaline Lakes as Analogs for Ancient Microbial Habitats on Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site features a scientific article associated with the Mars Global Surveyor Project, reporting data collected from a study analyzing Mono Lake as a terrestrial analog to Mars. The study is ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Molecular Biology, Biogeochemistry, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars:Life on Mars, Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Molecular Methods, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Diversity
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results
Extreme Environments: Alkaline, Hypersaline
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14)

Mark Twain at Mono Lake: Chapters 38 and 39 of Mark Twain's Roughing It part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This book excerpt is from Roughing It, Mark Twain's humorous account of his western travels in the late 1860's. The excerpt includes Chapters 38 and 39, which account for Twain's visit to Mono Lake. ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Metabolism, Biology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Bibliography
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline, Alkaline
Grade Level: Informal, General Public, High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14), Middle (6-8), Intermediate (3-5)

Extreme Halophiles Are Models for Astrobiology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Microbe Magazine article promotes the study of extremophiles, such as halophiles on Earth, as a way to provide helpful insights in our search for life elsewhere in the universe. It reports that ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology, Evolution, Diversity
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14)

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)

Life in extreme environments part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Nature insight review article "Life in extreme environments" is a detailed description of bacterial prevalence in extreme environments. It includes diagrams and descriptions of the ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Biofilms, Biology, :Biogeochemistry, Geoscience:Geology, Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Scientific Resources
Extreme Environments: High Pressure, High Radiation, Extremely Hot, Anhydrous, Anoxic, Extremely Cold, Hypersaline, Alkaline, Acidic
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14)

The Range of Protists in Mono Lake part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This preliminary research report suggests that Mono Lake supports a robust population of phagotrophic and heterotrophic protozoa in addition to its many species of unicellular algae, including ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Microbiology, Diversity, Ecology:Metabolism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Altered by Humans, Hypersaline, Alkaline
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14)

"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)

Life in Extreme Environments: The Universe May Be More Habitable Than We Thought, Part 2 part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article explores microbial life in extreme environments associated with salinity, acidity, alkalinity, high temperature, low temperature, radiation, gravity, and pressure. It also introduces the ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Diversity, Evolution, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars:Life on Mars, Biology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: High Pressure, Anhydrous, Hypersaline, Anoxic, High Radiation, Alkaline, Extremely Hot, Acidic, Extremely Cold
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)