posted on Jan, 1 2013 @ 05:17 PM
“I was absolutely astounded,” he says. They were little protrusions of ice, delicate, like snowflakes. They began growing in the dry, cold air
“like a meadow spreading off in all directions. Every available surface was covered with them.” What are they?
“Frost flowers,” he was told. “I’d never heard of them,” Jeff says, “but they were everywhere.”
Came across this neat little story the other day, and thought it was worth passing on.
Behold ATS, a meadow of "frost flowers" in full bloom above the Arctic circle -
Some more pics via google image search:
What's cool is that even though these aren't real flowers of course, they are still apparently teeming with life:
And yet, he says, when he and colleagues checked, they found each frost flower housed about a million creatures. “That’s 10 to the sixth!
Yeah, a million bacteria.”
Pretty awesome how resilient life is, and this once again raises the possibility of finding it in certain unconventional environments (other
See the complete article
for more info.