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View Resource Life in Extreme Environments: The Universe May Be More Habitable Than We Thought, Part 2

This article explores microbial life in extreme environments associated with salinity, acidity, alkalinity, high temperature, low temperature, radiation, gravity, and pressure. It also introduces the role of extremophiles in astrobiology followed by brief descriptions of Mars, the moons of Jupiter, and Panspermia. This is the second part of a two-part article. A link is directed to part one,...

View Resource What is Responsible for Smaller Shrimp Catches?

This National Science Foundation sponsored interactive website gives a step-by-step explanation of the dead zone, including what it is and what causes it. It offers pictures, interactive animations, charts, and figures to educate students about the dead zone and offers supplementary questions after each step to enhance understanding of the material.

View Resource Extremophilic Bacteria and Microbial Diversity

This online enhancement chapter of Raven and Johnson's Biology, a textbook for undergraduate majors, examines the many prokaryotic organisms that inhabit "extreme environments"┬Č├▒habitats in which some chemical or physical variable(s) differ significantly from that found in habitats that support plant and animal life. Topics include using new molecular techniques to discover more about bacteria; ...

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...

View Resource Sea Floor Hot Springs As Teeming With Valuable Minerals And Microbes

This article found in SpaceDaily is a review of the research and professional affiliations of marine geologist and geophysicist Peter A. Rona of the department of geological sciences and the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences the State University of New Jersey at Rutgers. Rona who is currently a sea-floor mineral resources consultant to the United Nations has reported the values in...

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