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View Resource First Salt-Loving Bug Sequenced

This on-line news article reports that scientists have sequenced the genome of the first salt-loving extremophile, a microorganism that can survive in conditions 10 times saltier than seawater. This halophile, called Halobacterium, can be found in hypersaline water such as the Great Salt Lakes and the Dead Sea and may have implications for life on other planets, such as Mars.

View Resource Volcanoes of the Deep

This website contains a BBC Science and Nature program featuring black smokers. The site gives a brief overview of the program which focuses on black smokers and the attempts of one team of scientists, led by Professor John Delaney from the University of Washington in Seattle, to raise a group of the giant chimneys, intact, from the seabed to the surface to study on land. A link to the full...

View Resource The Microbes that 'Rule the World'

This BBC News article provides general information on microorganisms that have been found 4 miles beneath the sea floor. These organisms are thought to influence climate and global chemical cycles such as the carbon cycle. The article features photographs of the "worm tracks" thought to be made by these deep rock microorganisms.

View Resource Hubble Discovers 100 New Planets

British Broadcasting Corporation News Online article published July 2, 2004 on the discovery by The Hubble Space Telescope of as many as one-hundred new planets orbiting stars in our galaxy, almost doubling the number of planets known to be circling other stars to about two-hundred and thirty. Authored by Dr. David Whitehouse, this is a nice brief overview of this massive discovery from this...

View Resource Extreme Bugs Found in Slag Dump

This news article reports that scientists recently discovered microbial communities thriving in the slag dumps of the Lake Calumet region of southeast Chicago where the water can reach a pH of 12.8. It describes how slag contributes to elevated pH levels and introduces other alkaline habitats. The article concludes by using the Chicago slag dumps as evidence that life could possibly exist on...

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