This learning module and related laboratory exercise exposes students to extremophiles, their habitats, and the potential to find habitable environments on Mars.

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Learning Goals

Students will be able to:
  • Understand the environment in which the Tardigrade can survive.
  • Explore hydrothermal environments on Earth and Mars.

Context for Use

This learning module is meant for adaptation in an introductory earth science course and/or planetary science course.

Description and Teaching Materials

Compiled In-Class Activities and Homework

In-Class Activity


Teaching Notes and Tips

  • Students must be familiar with Mars environments of deposition, surface processes and climate.
  • To be successful in Homework 2 students need to have exposure and instruction in making contour maps.


Each In-Class Activity and Homework has its own measure of Assessment.

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