Saturday, March 6, 2010

"Blood Falls" Creeps Me Out... Fascinating Biology

Taylor Glacier in Antarctica features a bizarre red waterfall originally discovered in 1911. Scientist initially thought this was simply algae blooms, but it turns out to be much cooler. A two million year old pandora's box of ancient life! A small pool of water trapped ancient microbes in a frozen state, and they survived without heat, light, or oxygen. This harsh environment shows that life can exist in the harshest conditions. The red color is nothing nefarious, just a rich level of iron in the water. Check out more at http://static.atlasobscura.com/place/blood-falls


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