Researchers have discovered microbes living in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth.
You would be forgiven for thinking that the freezing, dark depths of Lake Vida in Antarctica represented one of the most unlikeliest places on Earth to find living things; yet despite an environment that would seem deadly to any form of life a viable colony of microbes have managed to eke out an existence there. The discovery adds weight to the idea that life might exist below the ice on other worlds such as Jupiter's moon Europa.
"This work expands our understanding of the types of life that can survive in these isolated, cryoecosystems and how different strategies may be used to exist in such challenging environments," said study co-author Dr. Alison Murray.
"Lake Vida, the largest of several unique lakes found in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, contains no oxygen, is mostly frozen and possesses the highest nitrous oxide levels of any natural water body on Earth."
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