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Antarctic microbes thrive in cold, salty home


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.”

Full story at Futurity.

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