Scientists discover life in samples of mud that they pulled from the bottom of a lake in Antarctica. You may ask yourself why this is important. It turns out that information gathered from the bacteria samples pulled from such a harsh place can help us better understand how life forms or adapts to harsh climates. Knowing how these particular bacteria originated and survived in such a harsh environment could eventually lead us to understand how life adapts to extremes climates, including on other planets.
Lake Hodgson in Antarctica, British Antarctic Survey
British Scientists drilled through the ice over Lake Hodgson to dig up clean sediment samples from the bottom of the Antarctic Peninsula lake. It was that sample that researchers found a time capsule of life, dating back nearly a hundred thousand years.
Drilling through the ice on Lake Hodgson in Antarctica, British Antarctic Survey
Understanding how microbes survive, and even thrive, in this cold, dark and nutrient poor environment is an important step to understanding the origin of life, not only on our planet but other planets as well.
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