Exotic-looking Microbes Turn Up In Ancient Antarctic Ice

Dave Dooling, NASA

This article describes newly discovered microbial organisms in the Antarctic ice sheet. The microbes were discovered in deep ice core samples from the Vostok Station about 1,000 km from the South Pole. Along with high-resolution images, the article offers stories and explanations surrounding the strange shapes of the microbes.

Subject: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Extreme Environments: Extremely Cold
Topics: Biosphere:Astrobiology, Ecology:Habitats:Freshwater, Biosphere:Microbiology