New Signs of Polar Life

Helen Matsos, Executive Producer, Astrobiology Magazine

This article from Astrobiology Magazine focuses on the large colonies of micro-organisms that have been found living beneath rocks from extreme polar habitats. These photosynthetic micro-organisms referred to as hypoliths exhibit tolerances to harsh conditions and non-traditional substrates, in this case quartz dominated dolomitic rock.

Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology, Astrobiology, Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Hydrology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Scientific Resources
Grade Level: Informal, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water
Extreme Environments: High Radiation, Extremely Cold
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Abiotic Relations, Biosphere:Ecology, Ecology:Habitats, Biosphere:Astrobiology, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere, Biosphere:Microbiology, Biosphere, Ecology:Habitats:Terrestrial