Life discovered in extreme environment
Monday, January 10, 2005
Around seventy new species of microbes have been discovered in a highly concentrated salt basin of the Mediterranean Sea, so salty that almost half of the liquid is magnesium chloride. Researchers, led by Paul van der Wielen at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, found abundant colonies of microbes in ancient salty pockets that are devoid of oxygen.
It has been suggested that pools of a similar liquid might be able to exist on Mars, providing a possible niche for simple life to exist there.
Nature Microbes brave briny basins 6 January 2005
Yahoo/Reuters Salt-Loving Microbes Found in Extreme Environment 6 January 2005