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Roughly 2 million years ago, the Taylor Glacier sealed beneath it a small body of water which contained an ancient community of microbes. Trapped below a thick layer of ice, they have remained there ever since, isolated inside a natural time capsule. Evolving independently of the rest of the living world, these microbes exist without heat, light, or oxygen, and are essentially the definition of "primordial ooze."
Originally posted by Ikema
First thought, "Holy Antarctica after-birth Batman!" My second was how much more omminious looking can you get? Imagine a deadly virus, let loose due to global warming?
Do you think it's at all possible that in those 2 million years various other forms of life has evolved? EDIT to add what I mean is, some kind of weird and wonderful life form!!
Secondly, I wonder if there's anything nasty in there (microbes/viruses etc) that could possibly survive outside of their sealed environment and damage our ecosystem when released.
Originally posted by Kandinsky
From what I've read, the environment is likely fairly static. Life should be limited to very basic organisms....bacteria etc. There shouldn't be enough ecology to develop complex organisms. That's the science talking. It's more fun to envisage silent predators gliding through the oily black confines in search of prey....bio-luminescent lures writhing around long, sharp teeth.
I assume that no viruses or infectious bacteria could relate to us. The outflow isn't new and the first image shows a tent in the vicinity of the Blood Falls. The area has been studied since 1912...some short years before the 1918 Flu pandemic
Just joking...still, we won't know until we're able to get in there and take samples without polluting the eco-system. For all the popular criticisms of science, many do have respect for nature and hold it in great regard.
If a pharamcorp thought a possible cure for something could be found down there...I guess we'd be pulling on wetsuits and grabbing ice-picks and dynamite.