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Educator Resource: Assembly Program

Is There Life In A Borehole?

Scientists are searching for life in extreme environments, including deep inside rock one mile underground at Sanford Lab. Are the ingredients for life present? What can we learn from these studies?
Level
High School

Students are introduced to the microenvironments of the Sanford Underground Research Facility through examination of one of its many boreholes. Student have an opportunity to contemplate the interactions among geology, water chemistry, biology, and human activity to ask questions about the possible existence of life nearly one mile underground.