Sunday, April 19, 2009

Blood Falls, Antarctica

This is suggestive of some kind of bionous process out of freezing-thawing, often confused with the rusting of iron....? 


Glacier "Bleeds" Proof of Million-Year-Old Life-Forms
from National Geographic News
Gushing from a glacier, rust-stained Blood Falls contains evidence that microbes have survived in prehistoric seawater deep under ice for perhaps millions of years, a new study says.
The colony of microscopic life-forms may have been trapped when Antarctica's then advancing Taylor Glacier reached into the ocean 1.5 to 4 million years ago.
What's more, the tiny organisms' feeding habits apparently give the falls their shocking color. For decades researchers have been intrigued by Blood Falls, which incongruously spills from one of the driest parts of Antarctica, the aptly named Dry Valleys.

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