Can you believe organisms live in environments with the highest radiation on our planet? The organism called D. radiodurans has been found in many extreme environments, including contaminated soil at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Nuclear Site. D. radiopdurans is the most radiation-resistant organism known. It can withstand 1.5 million rads — a thousand times more radiation than any other life form on Earth.
When you’re teaching the NES module, Fingerprints of Life-Extremophiles: It’s Just Right, have your students learn about them at Alien Safari, an interactive feature about some of the most extreme organisms on our planet.
Link to the NES Virtual Campus home page.