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Microbial oasis discovered beneath the Atacama Desert

Two metres below the surface of the Atacama Desert there is an 'oasis' of microorganisms. Researchers from the Center of Astrobiology (Spain) and the Catholic University of the North in Chile have found it in hypersaline substrates thanks to SOLID, a detector for signs of life which could be used in environments similar to subsoil on Mars. read more
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The Extremest Extremophiles: Microbial oasis underneath Earth's driest desert could be great news for life on Mars [Biology]

Genres / Sci Fi : io9 (3 years ago)

For the last twenty million years, Chile's Atacama Desert has been the driest, most inhospitable place on Earth. But deep below the surface of this unimaginably arid world, microbes are flourishing without even oxygen or sunlight. M... Read Post

Atacama Desert's "Extreme Microbial Oasis" --A Preview of Future Mars Discoveries?

Academics / General Science : The Daily Galaxy (3 years ago)

Mars may have been arid for more than 600 million years, making it too hostile for any life to survive on the planet’s surface, according to researchers who have been carrying out the painstaking task of analysing individual particl... Read Post

Microbial oasis discovered beneath the Atacama Desert

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (3 years ago)

Two meters below the surface of the Atacama Desert there is an 'oasis' of microorganisms. Researchers have found it in hypersaline substrates thanks to SOLID, a detector for signs of life which could be used in environments similar ... Read Post


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