posted on Jan, 13 2013 @ 04:35 PM
Microbial life has just been discovered living in the very Mars-like environment of the Tinto River salt deposits in Spain. The microbes were
found living inside of the acidic and ferrous environment of the salt deposits there, which is a close analog of salt deposits that are found on Mars
and on the Jovian moon Europa.
This is kind of neat, even if the title might be a little misleading to some.
Pretty much it is more evidence that life exists in many more areas of the planet originally thought to be inhospitable. Already we have found life on
Earth in places like deep sea volcanic vents, locked in glacial lakes, deep in caves with almost zero oxygen. These form of life are generally called
The point of this is, that it is becoming more and more likely that we will discover some type of life existing in much more diverse environments
I am excited to see what we find when we do.
Last year, researchers reported the discovery of multiple species of bacteria, fungi, and archaea, surviving in a very Mars like environment at
the top of some South American volcanoes. Many recent discoveries have shown that it is certainly possible for life to survive in many of the extreme
environments that have been observed on other planets and moons. Whether or not there is life on Mars is something that we may not know for a very
long time though. And it is possible that even if life did exist on the planet billions of years ago that there isn’t any evidence of it