This reference site consists of images and descriptions of Octopus Spring in Yellowstone National Park. Part of the teacher workshop "Extremities: Geology and Life in Yellowstone and Implications for Other Worlds," it describes both the cool water and hot water habitats of the spring. Sampling techniques are included with a description of the microbial mat community. The images and descriptions cover three web pages, each of which can be accessed through links at the base of the pages.
Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Principles, Biofilms, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Field Methods , Biology:Microbiology Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Activities:Field Activity:Field trip Special Interest: Field-Based Teaching and Learning Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), Middle (6-8), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14) Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Biogeoscience, Teach the Earth:Enhancing your Teaching:Teaching in the Field Extreme Environments: Alkaline, Extremely Hot Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Abiotic Relations, Biofilms, Biosphere:Methods of Microbiology:Field Methods, Biosphere:Ecology:Principles, Biosphere:Microbiology, Biogeochemistry
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