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Antarctic microbes thrive in cold, salty home

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Scientists have discovered hearty microbes in briny water under 60 feet of Antarctic ice.

“It’s an extreme environment—the thickest lake ice on the planet, and the coldest, most stable cryo-environment on Earth,” says Nathaniel Ostrom, Michigan State University zoologist.

“The discovery of this ecosystem gives us insight into other isolated, frozen environments on Earth, but it also gives us a potential model for life on other icy planets that harbor saline deposits and subsurface oceans, such as Jupiter’s moon Europa.”

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