Can life exist in different forms
and places? Define life as we know
it on Earth, and ways life forms adapt to different environments:
Conditions for Life - Read "Searching for Life in Our
Solar System" in Magnificent Cosmos by Scientific American (May
NASA Research on Ancient Microbes Reveals Insights on Early Life
Forms of Earth. What have they found and what does it reveal
about early forms of life on Earth? URL:
Human Life Conditions . What does the human body need
to survive? Use an encyclopedia book or CD-ROM.
Or try the reference section of your library. The health section
is also a good area to look.
Astronauts' physical requirements. URL:http://soundprint.org/~science/after_dogs.html
Earth - Human Interactions. URL: http://earth.jsc.nasa.gov/categories.html
Using text only, look for evidence of man's interactions with others.
Look for man-made ways to live, such as production of food and water,
creation of cities. Look at low-resolution images and save a few
for later. And use this URL: http://www.rspac.ivv.nasa.gov/nasa/earth/earth_index.shtml
for further information regarding human effects on earth.
Origins of Life: Building Blocks and Our Chemical Origins.
Deep Sea Vent Life - Go to the Pacific Ocean to see how life
forms live on the side of a volcanic vent. Describe what you hear and see.
How does it compare to how we humans live? Keep a log of the site. Record
your descriptions in your data collector. URL:
and read the Ocean Planet "Sea Connections" site information. Add an image
to your floppy disk. Collect data about four different ocean environments.
Area of Ocean:
View the movie: "Dive Into Darkness", a production of A
& E - The New Explorers.
Other Forms of Life - Magnetite-Producing Bacteria Found in Desert
Ask a Scientist about the Earth's environment and conditions
for human life and animal life. Pick a scientist who can answer questions
on earth and life science.
Use Encarta Encyclopedia (CD-ROM) - to find
out about the kind of environment an Aardvark lives in, such as climate,
temperature, area on Earth, vegetation, home, predators and food sources.
Check out the gases it breaths, and the liquids it drinks.
Compare this animal to deep sea creatures and also the magnetite-producing
bacteria found in the desert.