Volcanic lake's bacteria hold clues to possible life on Mars
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  Volcanic lake’s bacteria hold clues to possible life on Mars

Volcanic lake’s bacteria hold clues to possible life on Mars …Scientists have discovered a type of bacteria living in a boiling volcanic lake on Mars that is regularly filled with toxic metals and acidic water may hold the clue to understanding how life began in the rough terrain of Mars, where only a few specialized microbes have been discovered to live at the Boa Volcano in Costa Rica, one of the world’s most hostile environments.

 Volcanic lake’s bacteria provide new evidence of life on Mars

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According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, scientists from the University of “Colorado Boulder” did research on this bacteria to know how they have adapted to survive in the harsh conditions of this lake. They found that these bacteria survive thanks to a wide range of adaptations, including pathways for power generation using sulfur, iron, and arsenic.

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The research team says that the lake’s environment is similar to that found on Mars during its early history, indicating that some simple life may have formed on the Red Planet.

The water in the Poás crater stretches at temperatures that reach nearly the boiling point, making life difficult for anything that lives in the water. The lake contains toxic metals that are ten million times more acidic than necessary to drink and are prone to sudden explosions of steam, ash, and rocks, all of which are factors that make life in this lake impossible.

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Justin Wang, a student at the University of Colorado Boulder, said they only found a few types of organisms inside the lake, but there were many ways for them to survive in the harsh and toxic conditions.

We believe they do this by surviving on the fringes of the lake when eruptions are occurring. This is when having a relatively wide array of genes would be useful, ” Wang added.

It is worth noting that this lake is about 7,500 feet above sea level, 984 feet wide, and about 100 feet deep, yet it is blessed with microbial life.

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