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Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier Appears to Be Bleeding with a Five-Story Crimson Waterfall

There are some phenomena in nature that inspire tears of joy, some that spark a sense of awe, and then there are those that send chills up your spine. The Taylor Glacier in Antarctica, which was discovered in the McMurdo Dry Valley in 1911, appears to be bleeding.

Antarctica's Unique Dry Valley Pond --Offers Clues to Mars' Ancient Waters

A camera installed above Don Juan Pond in Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys took 16,000 images in two months, documenting geological processes in real time. The processes that keep Don Juan Pond liquid in Antarctica could be at work on Mars...

Hearty organisms discovered in bitter-cold Antarctic brine

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Where there's water there's life – even in brine beneath 60 feet of Antarctic ice, in permanent darkness and subzero temperatures. While Lake Vida, located in the northernmost of the McMurdo Dry Valleys of East Antarctica, will never be a vacation destination, it is home to some newly discovered hearty microbes. Show More Summary

McMurdo Dry Valleys

McMurdo Dry Valleys One of the most extreme deserts in the world, these snow-free valleys harbor life, despite the hostile environment In the farthest reaches of the world, where everything is white with blinding snow and ice, the clear McMurdo Dry Valleys are a striking anomaly. Show More Summary

Salty soil can suck water out of atmosphere: Could it happen on Mars?

The frigid McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica are a cold, polar desert, yet the sandy soils there are frequently dotted with moist patches in the spring despite a lack of snowmelt and no possibility of rain. A new study has found that...Show More Summary

Is Mars A Gigantic Moisture Farm?

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Gamma Squad

Could be! Scientists have been studying the the McMurdo Dry Valleys: places in Antarctica where it never rains. Ever. And, yet, you’ll find patches of moisture on the ground. Why? [...]

Mars could be harvesting water from its own atmosphere [Geology]

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

These are Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys, so named because it literally never rains there... but this photo shows a patch of moisture. The salty soil is actually sucking water out of the atmosphere. And this discovery could be great news for Martian microbes. More »

Antarctica's Dry Valleys Point to Posssible Mars Biology

The McMurdo Dry Valleys (image above) are a row of valleys west of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, named because of their extremely low humidity and lack of snow and ice cover. Photosynthetic bacteria have been found living in the relatively moist...

Salty soil can suck water out of atmosphere: Could it happen on Mars?

The frigid McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica are a cold, polar desert, yet the sandy soils there are frequently dotted with moist patches in the spring despite a lack of snowmelt and no possibility of rain. A new study has found that...Show More Summary

Salty soil can suck water out of atmosphere: Could it happen on Mars?

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The frigid McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica are a cold, polar desert, yet the sandy soils there are frequently dotted with moist patches in the spring despite a lack of snowmelt and no possibility of rain. A new study,...Show More Summary

Ecological Connectivity as Climate Warms

A long-term research program in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica incorporates studies of streams, lakes, glaciers and soil to gauge the local effects a changing climate is likely to have.

Awakening Streams and Mummified Seals

In the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, there are a surprisingly large number of mummified penguins and seals.

Blood Falls

Blood Falls Natural time capsule containing an alien ecosystem This five-story, blood-red waterfall pours very slowly out of the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys. When geologists first discovered the frozen waterfall...Show More Summary

ASMA

Today I attended the Dry Valleys Field Training Course. This is to ensure that all rules are followed if one goes out to the McMurdo Dry Valleys. The Dry Valleys is a Antarctic Specially Managed Area (ASMA) that is very delicate and needs to be protected. Show More Summary

Antarctic Glacier Has Five-story Blood-red Waterfall of Primodial Ooze

There is a five-story, blood-red waterfall pouring slowly from the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valley. Its back story, at Atlas Obscura, is simply remarkable: Roughly 2 million years ago, the Taylor Glacier sealed beneath it a small body of water which contained an ancient community of microbes. Show More Summary

Extreme Weirdness: Antarctica’s “Blood Falls”

5 years agoOdd : mental_floss

There is a glacier in Antarctica that seems to be weeping a river of blood. It’s one of the continent’s strangest features, and it’s located in one of the continent’s strangest places — the McMurdo Dry Valleys, a huge, ice-free zone and one of the world’s harshest deserts. So imagine you’re hiking through [...]

What Did They Find? 1.5 Million-Year-Old "Bio Lab" Unsealed by Melting Antarctica Glacier -A Galaxy Insight

No, it's not "The Thing" (that might surface later....): this blood-red stain at the snout of Taylor Glacier in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica -one of the planet's most extreme deserts- is the by-product of unique microbes thriving in...

Blood Falls, Antarctica

6 years agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

This undated handout photo provided by the journal Science shows Iron oxides staining the snout of the Taylor Glacier, in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, forming a feature commonly referred to as Blood Falls. The iron originates from ancient subglacial brine that episodically discharges to the surface. Show More Summary

1.5 Million-Year-Old "Biology Lab" Revealed by Melting Antarctica Glacier

No, it's not "The Thing" (that might surface later....): this blood-red stain at the snout of Taylor Glacier in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica -one of the planet's most extreme deserts- is the by-product of unique microbes thriving in...

Ancient, frozen ecosystem produces blood-red ice flows

The McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica are considered one of the least hospitable places on Earth; NASA has used them to simulate conditions that might prevail on Mars. The area gets little precipitation, and the water that is present is locked into ancient, thick glaciers that have been in the area for longer than modern humans have existed. Show More Summary

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