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Press Release 09-070

Unusual Antarctic Microbes Live Life on a Previously Unsuspected Edge

That descendents of marine creatures appear to have thrived in cold, darkness and lack of air for a million years has implications for the search for life elsewhere in the solar system

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Illustration showing a cross-section of Blood Falls.

A cross-section of Blood Falls showing how micorbial communities survive.

Credit: Zina Deretsky / NSF


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Photo of Blood Falls at the snout of the Taylor Glacier.

Blood Falls at the snout of the Taylor Glacier overlooking Lake Bonney.

Credit: Peter West / NSF


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Photo showing detail of Blood Falls with brine run-off in lower left.

Detail of Blood Falls with brine run-off (lower left).

Credit: Peter West / NSF


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Cover of April 17, 2009, issue of Science magazine.

The researchers' findings are published in the April 17, 2009, issue of Science magazine.

Credit: Copyright 2009 AAAS


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