Microbes overcome the harshest environments of the Earth thanks to the towers of “melting snow”

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Scientists have discovered one of the strangest natural phenomena that can be seen on the surface of the earth: high-rise “glaciers” in the form of mysterious groups in the desert.

These exotic formations of the ice are called “penitents” because they are similar to those of the worshipers who are affected by the sky by supplication and are formed at high altitudes in cold and dry environments, such as the very dry desert of Atacama in Chile.

The exotic formations of ice are also known as nieve penitents, which are in fact a haven for microbial life forms, a possible sign that exotic life may thrive on Pluto.

A team of scientists led by researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder, touring the world’s second largest volcanoes in Chile, the Lololaylaku volcano, one of the harshest environments on Earth, it is home to strong winds and temperature fluctuations and high exposure to ultraviolet rays, Their homes are among the silent ice pieces in the area.

“Ice mites were commonly found throughout the ice sheet on ice and snow spots, but our discovery showed its first presence at a high altitude in a very dry location,” said Lara Vimercate, a microbial researcher.

“Interestingly, most of the snowy algae found on this site are closely related to other snowy algae known in polar environments, and in the Alps,” she said.

The “melting snow” of the Lololaylaku volcano, about 5,000 meters above sea level, revealed red spots, which the team says are a sign of microbial activity in ice and ice formations.

When the samples were taken to the laboratory, the researchers identified the microbes that are dominated by the Chlamydomonas and Chloromonas, the first time the scientists reported that there was microbial life in the exotic glacial structures.

Scientists said that due to the harsh environment in which microbes exist, “melting snow” may act as oases of life, as well as “domestication” or “fumarol”, which resemble cavities in the earth’s crust, “what are intermittent water sources in arid environments” .

Scientists have pointed out that this is not just a new discovery of life on earth, but it can also go beyond the virtual, as the structures of “melting snow” are similar to the tall structures on Planet Pluto and the Jupiter and the Moon of Europe, Having a strange life anywhere else in the solar system.


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