Microbe Zoo Homework Helper


Information | DirtLand | Animal Pavilion | Snack Bar
Space Adventure | WaterWorld

Welcome to the Microbe Zoo!

To discover the many worlds of hidden microbes,
touch an environment in the map above!

Go to the zoo Information Booth to find out how to use this zoo.

Outline of the Microbe Zoo
shows textual outline of sections and specimens


The Microbe Zoo is available on CD-ROM.

The major attractions of this Microbe Zoo include:

Microbes inhabit almost every niche you can think of, from 20 miles beneath the Earth's surface to 20 miles overhead. They live at temperatures less than -20 degrees Celsius to temperatures hotter than the boiling point. Microbes thrive on a huge range of foods including oil and toxic wastes.

Animal Pavilion
Most animals interact with microbes in important ways, and all animals, as well as all plants and fungi, depend on microbes for their survival.

Snack Bar
Without microbes, eating would be a boring pastime. Many foods, including cheese, chocolate, tea, bread, root beer, and many others are processed by microbes. Explore this environment to find out what microbes you have been eating!

Space Adventure
The Space Adventure pavilion has three main themes: speculation about extraterrestrial life and the forms that it might take, attempts to use microbes in creating closed-cycle ecosystems to support future space stations and lunar bases, and microbes in the atmosphere. Microbes relevant to these three themes will be featured in the Space Adventure pavilion.

Water World
Most of Earth's biomass lives in the oceans, and most of this biomass is microbes. Microbes are found in abundance in many aquatic environments, such as streams, puddles, ponds, lakes, rivers, swamps, oceans and seas.


The Microbe Zoo is part of the DLC-ME project which was developed by the Comm Tech Lab and the Center for Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University.

National Parks

National Park Ranger Zone
Become a junior ranger and talk to a forest ranger about what he does on the park. Find the Junior Ranger program closest to you.

Yellowstone National Park
Puzzles, word games, coloring books, and scavenger hunts on the wildlife in Yellowstone. Above all, learn about the exotic Mooselope, native to this site.

National Wildlife Federation
Celebrate wildlife by exploring careers, doing fun crafts, making yummy treats, and viewing pictures of some of the coolest animals on the web.


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FEMA Earthquakes
Earthquake legends, stories, and games and treats. Learn about earthquakes in fun and tasty ways.


Kids Gardening
See what students are doing with plants and find out everything you ever wanted to know about worms.


BBC Education – The Essential Guide to Rocks
The Essential Guide to Rocks - Take a virtual trip around Great Britain to see their rocky past and watch a presentation on the formation of the Earth.

Rocks for Kids
This is a site for all kids who love rocks -- if you collect rocks, then this is the site for you!

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