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Sampling Microbial Muck
Topic: Extreme Life
07/26/10
Astrobiology Magazine´s field research editor Henry Bortman spent a week alongside members of the Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP) in British Columbia, Canada. In Bortman´s sixth and final report, he describes a day trip to collect nasty-smelling microbial slime at nearby lakes.

The World's Deepest Vent
Topic: Extreme Life
07/25/10
An expedition partially funded by NASA has discovered the deepest known hydrothermal vent in the world. Studying the site, 5000 meters below the Caribbean Sea, can help astrobiologists understand the limits of life on Earth.

Outer Space, Under Water
Topic: Extreme Life
07/19/10
Astrobiology Magazine´s field research editor Henry Bortman is spending a week alongside members of the Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP) in British Columbia, Canada. In Bortman´s fifth report, he talks with astronauts participating in PLRP.

The Big Question: Biology or Chemistry?
Topic: Extreme Life
07/15/10
Astrobiology Magazine´s field research editor Henry Bortman is spending a week alongside members of the Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP) in British Columbia, Canada. In Bortman´s fourth field report, he discusses work being done to determine the role biology plays in forming the Pavilion Lake microbialites.

What Do You Call a Microbialite?
Topic: Extreme Life
07/05/10
Astrobiology Magazine´s field research editor Henry Bortman is spending a week alongside members of the Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP) in British Columbia, Canada. In this third field report, he discusses the ongoing effort to classify the lake´s microbialites.

On the Beach with the Gaviators
Topic: Extreme Life
07/03/10
Astrobiology Magazine´s Henry Bortman is spending a week alongside members of the Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP). This second field report describes the glitches and problems researchers have had to overcome so that their "Gavia" robotic vehicles can explore the lake as planned.

Flying the North Basin
Topic: Extreme Life
07/01/10
Astrobiology Magazine´s Henry Bortman is in the field this week alongside members of the Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP). The scientists are studying microbialites, carbonate structures that are usually not found in freshwater lakes. This report looks at the complex process of communicating with scientists as they explore underwater.

Probing Pavilion Lake
Topic: Extreme Life
06/24/10
A team of scientists and astronauts return this week to Pavilion Lake in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The scientists will be continuing their effort to understand what role biology plays in forming the strange structures that line the lakebed, while the astronauts will be learning how to do field science.

Methane Eaters at Lost Hammer
Topic: Extreme Life
06/08/10
Scientists have discovered methane-eating bacteria that survive in a highly unique spring located on a remote Island in northern Canada. In some ways, the spring could be similar to environments on past or present Mars.

Water, Water Everywhere, but Not All Drops Have Life
Topic: Extreme Life
05/20/10
The search for life on other planets focuses on water, but researchers argue that – judging from our own planet – a large fraction of water conditions may be inhospitable to life.

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