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In this activity, learners examine how brine shrimp populations can survive in some of the harshest environments. Learners subject brine shrimp cysts to extreme conditions to evaluate the hardiness of these creatures.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Copies of lab sheets
  • Brine shrimp cysts (available from a number of biological supply companies)
  • 3% salt solution (water and Instant OceanTM or non-ionized salt)
  • 100 mL or larger containers for hatching the cysts
  • Aquarium pump and flexible tubing (optional)
  • Various materials to mimic environmental extremes (see page 8 for ideas)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Populations
    • Evolution
      • Mechanisms of Evolution
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Teach.Genetics, University of Utah

Source Collection

  • Teach.Genetics


  • All rights reserved, University of Utah, 2009

Funding Sources:

  • Westminster College
  • Utah's WIRED (Workforce Innovation In Regional Economic Development) program