posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 07:24 AM
Ok I have done a search on this topic and can't find any thread directly dealing with this subject.
Scientists from the National Research Council of Canada, the University of Toronto and the SETI Institute (SETI, that piqued my interest) have
discovered a unique spring located on Axel Heiberg Island in Canada, they expected to find methanogenic bacteria that produce methane, but instead
they found something altogether different, they discovered methane-EATING bacteria, that they claim is probably breathing sulphate instead of oxygen.
The reason this thread is in 'Space Exploration' is they also claim:
"Lost Hammer spring supports microbial life, that the spring is similar to possible past or present springs on Mars and that therefore they too
could support life"
Mars has areas of methane that has been detected Source
but as far as I'm aware the source
hasn't been figured out yet, as to whether it's produced by geological activity or by life is unknown, so could this new discovery be another step
forward to discovering life elsewhere in our Solar system? Well they state something very interesting regarding this:
"There are places on Mars where the temperature reaches relatively warm -10 to 0 degrees and perhaps even above 0ºC, and on Axel Heiberg it gets
down to -50, easy. The Lost Hammer spring is the most extreme subzero and salty environment we've found. This site also provides a model of how a
methane seep could form in a frozen world like Mars, providing a potential mechanism for the recently discovered Martian methane plumes."