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Methane-Eating Bacteria May Presage ET Life

June 8th, 2010 06:20 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

asukasoryu sends along an intriguing piece in light of our recent discussion of possible signs of life on Saturn’s moon Titan. “Researchers have discovered that methane-eating bacteria survive in a unique spring located on Axel Heiberg Island, in Canada’s extreme north. The subzero water is so salty that it doesn’t freeze despite the cold, and it has no consumable oxygen in it. There are, however, big bubbles of methane that come to the surface. Lyle Whyte, McGill University microbiologist, explains that the so-called Lost Hammer spring supports microbial life, that the spring is similar to possible past or present springs on Mars, and that therefore they too could support life.”

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