Ancient Ecosystem Found in Ice Pocket

Beneath a glacier in Antarctica, scientists have discovered a community of microbes growing in frigid pools of salty water.
It's a particularly tough environment, with no light, no oxygen, and extremely cold temperatures. But the microbes appear to live -- and thrive -- off a combination of iron and sulfur, according to a new study. The result of that strange metabolism is a brilliant red streak of cascading ice called Blood Falls.

Full article by Emily Sohn on Discovery News



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