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This learning module and related laboratory exercise exposes students to extremophiles, their habitats, and the potential to find habitable environments on Mars.
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
- Instructor Version (Acrobat (PDF) 693kB Nov21 16)
- Student Version (Acrobat (PDF) 637kB Nov20 16)
- In-Class Activity 1: Tardigrades: Living Extremely
- Student Version (Acrobat (PDF) 517kB Nov20 16); Instructor Version (Acrobat (PDF) 577kB Nov20 16)
- Homework 1: Sea Monkey Experiment
- Student Version (Acrobat (PDF) 505kB Nov20 16); Instructor Version (Acrobat (PDF) 571kB Nov20 16)
- Instructions for growing brine shrimp (Acrobat (PDF) 96kB Mar2 16)
- Homework 2: The Color of Temperature
- Student Version (Acrobat (PDF) 586kB Nov20 16); Instructor Version (Acrobat (PDF) 664kB Nov20 16)
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.
References and Resources
- Image File: Extremophiles (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.9MB Oct23 12)
- Gale Crater Habitability via Curiosity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHLbXTOaw7w&feature=relmfu
- Tardigrades video from SciShow on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H0E77TdYnY&continue_action=r7OE3bLJMHT8fAwevwnX9Oh_0zzl6Ajt2P3129QN588gcYR6MkEN_obkOAtaq5MUvFV4Yiq09ljbJDp8wedzPE1U417RionrJuPdT2CAALc=
- Lesson 19: Brine Shrimp Video (mp4) (MP4 Video 6MB Oct31 12)