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Life On Seafloor Predicts Life On Other Worlds?

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 07:26:20 -0500
Archived: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 07:26:20 -0500
Subject: Life On Seafloor Predicts Life On Other Worlds?

Source: UniverseToday.Com


January 10, 2012

Does Life On The Seafloor Predict Life On Other Worlds?
by Amy Shira Teitel

Scientists have recently discovered communities of previously
unknown species living on the seafloor near Antarctica clustered
around hydrothermal vents. This discovery is certainly exciting
for biologists, but it=92s also important for astrobiologists. It
begs the question =97 if life can thrive in the deep, dark oceans
without sunlight, could similar life thrive elsewhere in our
solar system or the universe?

For decades, scientists assumed the deep oceans were barren;
sunlight can=92t reach the ocean floor, making it an impossible
environment for life as we know it to arise. But in 1977,
oceanographers from the Scripps Institute discovered
hydrothermal vents.

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