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View Resource Ocean Planet: Biodiversity

Ocean Planet is now an archival version of the 1995 Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition which is no longer on display. This website spotlights 32 organisms to demonstrate the incredible diversity found in the oceans, images included. Over 99 percent of living space on earth is in the ocean, but we still know only a little about it.

View Resource Plankton

This web page includes a high school level and higher description of plankton with pictures. The page is full of photographs, each with a descriptive caption. Topics discussed include how plankton are sampled, ecology, and satellite imagery. Both phytoplankton (plant plankton) and zooplankton (animal plankton) are featured.

View Resource X-treme Microbes

This interactive feature from the National Science Foundation introduces students to extremophiles, exotic organisms that live in places with conditions once thought to be uninhabitable. These include microbes that live in near-boiling water, high-acidity environments, or miles deep in rock. One part of the feature deals with 'radiation eaters,' microbes that were discovered in the rock of deep...

View Resource Model Organisms

Each model organism has its own advantages and disadvantages. Choosing an appropriate model depends on the question being asked. Many laboratories find it useful to perform parallel experiments in two or more model systems to understand different aspects of a biochemical process. This animation from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Dolan DNA Learning Center presents Model Organisms through a...

View Resource American Society for Microbiology: Classroom and Outreach Activities

This page, from the American Society for Microbiology, provides a collection of activities that can be used to incorporate microbiology into K-12 classrooms. The activities range from more simple observational experiments like "What Food Does Yeast Like Best?" to more complex activities requiring advanced knowledge, like "Quantification of Escherichia Coli Contamination in Water." All activities...

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