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The analysis of methane hydrate — known as “flammable ice” — found that microscopic bubbles of oil and water within sheets of frozen gas and ice hold microscopic living creatures. It was completely unexpected. Space.com has a full report:
“In combination with the other evidence collected by my colleagues, my results showed that even under near-freezing temperatures, at extremely high pressures, with only heavy oil and saltwater for food-sources, life was flourishing and leaving its mark,” Dr. Stephen Bowden said. Bowden works at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, in the School of Geosciences.