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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)

Life in Extreme Environments (LExEn) Workshop Report part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a draft report of the Life in Extreme Environments (LExEn) workshop held at the National Science Foundation. It proposes questions such as: What conditions determine the limits of life? What ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Biogeochemistry, Diversity, Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Astrobiology, Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Molecular Methods, Biology:Microbiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Field Methods , Microscopy
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline, High Pressure, Anoxic, Extremely Hot, Anhydrous, High Radiation, Extremely Cold, Alkaline, Acidic
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16)

The Mysterious Life of Caves part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a companion website to a NOVA television series investigating strange life-forms found in toxic caverns. The program reviews the traditional theory of cave formation; introduces new theories ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations, Metabolism, Biofilms, Biology:Microbiology, Biogeochemistry, Evolution:Patterns
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity
Extreme Environments: High Radiation, Hypersaline, Anhydrous, Anoxic, Altered by Humans, Extremely Hot, High Pressure, Acidic, Alkaline, Extremely Cold
Grade Level: High School (9-12), 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)

Dry Up Baby! Anhydrobiosis part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This lab activity offers students an exploration into the survival mechanisms of organisms inhabiting the extreme environmental conditions of the Polar Regions. Students will design experiments using ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism
Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity
Extreme Environments: Anhydrous, Extremely Cold
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

Exobiology in the Solar System and the Search for Life on Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 180-page report of the European Space Agency offers an exobiological view of the solar system and describes the search for life on Mars. Exobiology sections include: chemical evolution in the ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Evolution:Principles, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Ecology:Principles, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Astrobiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline, High Radiation, Anoxic, Extremely Hot, Anhydrous, High Pressure, Extremely Cold, Acidic, Alkaline
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)

Environmental Affects on Microbial Growth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This lab activity guides students in the development of background information on the environmental conditions for microbial growth, including that of the extremophiles, and relates this information ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism
Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline, Extremely Hot, Anhydrous, Anoxic, Extremely Cold, Alkaline, Acidic
Grade Level: 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)

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)

Rubrobacter xylanophilus part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web site features the microbe Rubrobacter xylanophilus. This organism was found to be extremely gamma-radiation resistant. This organism was also found to be slightly thermophilic. The DNA of ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Molecular Biology, Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations
Extreme Environments: High Radiation, Extremely Hot, Anhydrous
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)

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