Glacial lake hides bacteria

Mark Peplow, BioEd Online

This article highlights the published work of a geomicrobiology research team led by Eric Gaidos from the University of Hawaii and Brian Lanoil, from the University of California, Riverside. This group reports the identification of bacteria from an Icelandic sub-glacial lake, and how the collection and description of these microorganisms immured within glacial ice and sub-surface water serve as a model in the search for extra-terrestrial life.

Subject: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Molecular Biology, Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Research Results, Scientific Resources
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)
Extreme Environments: High Pressure
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats:Terrestrial, Biosphere:Biogeochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Earth surface, Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:BiogeoscienceKeywords: psychrophilic bacteria, Lake Vostok