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View Resource Revealing the Ocean's Invisible Abundance

This Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Oceanus article provides a brief overview of microbial communities, microbial sampling procedures in ocean environments, and equipment used for sampling. It features a list of important acronyms related to U.S. ocean observation systems which are hyperlinked to each respective site as well as links to related pages and a link to a slideshow of protists.

View Resource Is Life Thriving Deep Beneath the Seafloor?

Authored by Carl Wirsen, this Oceanus article presents information regarding microbial life beneath the sea floor. These newly discovered organisms push the limits of our understanding about the extreme conditions life can survive and even thrive in. The article provides information pertaining to the sea floor bacteria, their habitat, and other extremophiles. It features links to related articles...

View Resource Peering into the Crystal Fabric of Rocks

This Oceanus article describes the work of Greg Hirth, a geologist studying rock deformation and crystallography. It discusses how rocks deform as a function of pressure and heat (called rheology) and includes a short section about the possibility of microbial life in the heat and pressure-induced cracks between crystals. Hyperlinks to related articles are contained within the text of the...

View Resource Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Education

This is an overview of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution educational program. The site includes resources at the K-12, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels. Main K-12 resource page features journals and logs from several WHOI expeditions, including dives to the New England Seamounts. Teacher links include information on curriculum supplements and additional sites of interest;...

View Resource The Chesapeake Bay Bolide: Modern Consequences of an Ancient Cataclysm

This report provides an overview of the Chesapeake Bay bolide and how it influenced the formation of the modern bay. Introductory material discusses what a bolide is, types of impact craters, and recent impacts that have generated public interest. The discussion continues with evidence of the late Eocene Chesapeake Bay impact, including seismic data, characteristic minerals, and the discovery of...

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