120,000 year old bacteriaPosted: June 16, 2008
Living bacteria were recently discovered 2 miles (3.2km) under the surface of a Greenland glacier.
From the press release:
“The microorganism’s ability to persist in this low-temperature, high-pressure, reduced-oxygen, and nutrient-poor habitat makes it particularly useful for studying how life, in general, can survive in a variety of extreme environments on Earth and possibly elsewhere in the solar system.”
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