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X-treme Life on the Web

An illustrated overview of research on extremophile organisms

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Research on "extremophiles" is redefining the limits of life on Earth.

"Extremophiles" live in shocking extremes of cold, heat, pressure, acidity and more -- including two miles deep in solid rock, where there's nothing to eat but leftovers from radioactivity. Research on these strange organisms is redefining the limits of life on Earth and, perhaps, on other worlds.

Credit: Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation

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