Digging up the Dirt on Microbes
This lesson includes a series of activities that will help students to build a basic understanding of organisms that live in sediment on and below the ocean floor. During this lesson, students will conduct a series of hands-on experiments to simulate the tasks that scientists complete while examining sediment samples and data taken from the deep biosphere. Students will conduct pH and nitrogen tests, examine physical characteristics of a Winogradsky column, extract DNA, and culture bacteria on agar plates.
Authors:Beth Marass, Beverly Owens; EARTH 2013
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