Vials containing microbiological samples

These colorful vials contain the microbiological samples collected during the Arctic cruise. Just one may contain a host of novel microbes specially adapted to survive in high-pressure, highly saline, or low-temperature environments. Image courtesy of Arctic Exploration 2002, NOAA/OER.

Related Links

Arctic Expedition 2002

Arctic Exploration: Mission Summary - Novel Microbes in an Icy World

NOAA Ocean Explorer Gallery