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Presented By Johns Hopkins University
Goal Collect rocks inhabited by microbes from deserts worldwide
Task Find and collect colonized rock substrates; send then to us!
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

We are studying microbes in desert rocks to inform us about climate change and our chances for finding life elsewhere in the Universe. There are diverse types of these rocks all over the world and you can help us find them.

Rockiology is a citizen science project. We want you to be a part of our research by collecting rocks that have been colonized by microorganisms.

Materials List Hammer, Permanent marker, Zip-loc bags, Smartphone (with a GPS app), Water (!)
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Several hours
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a walk, run
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Tags astrobiology, deserts, microbe, microbiology, outdoors
Project Updated 05/23/2018