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Title: Living on Fools Gold
Url: http://www.astrobio.net/extreme-life/living-on-fools-gold/
Creator: Mullen, Leslie
Publisher: Astrobiology Magazine
Description: This magazine article explores the extreme environment of the Rio Tinto, a river in Spain with highly acidic and metal-rich water. The article features the work of Ricardo Amils, a scientist studying the microbial population of the Rio Tinto. Along with others, Amils pays particular attention to chemolithotrophic bacteria that survive by getting their energy by oxidizing pyrite, also known as "fool's gold". He postulates about how these processes might have played out in the ancient earth and draws parallels to the possibility of life on Mars. The resource includes images from the Rio Tinto, links to related web sites, and a MP3 Audio Machine text-to-speech option.
LC Classification: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation -- Physical geography -- Hydrology. Water -- By region or country -- Europe -- Spain
Geography. Anthropology. Recreation -- Physical geography -- Hydrology. Water -- Ground and surface waters -- Groundwater. Hydrogeology -- Study and teaching. Research
Science -- Chemistry -- Organic chemistry -- Operations in organic chemistry -- Other special, A-Z -- Oxidation
Technology -- Mining engineering. Metallurgy -- Mining engineering. Metallurgy -- Prospecting -- Special minerals, etc., A-Z -- Pyrites
GEM Subject: Science -- Ecology
Science -- Geology
Key Concept: Chemistry -- Oxidation
Geography -- Hydrology
Resource Type: InteractiveResource (DCMI Type Vocabulary)
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Format: html
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Language: English
Access Rights: Free access
Source: Microbial Life
Full Record Views: 6
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