Nature

18
Mar

Microbes Thrive in Mariana Trench

Rebecca Morelle, reporting for BBC News:

The underwater canyon was once thought to be too hostile an environment for life to exist.

But this study adds to a growing body of evidence that a range of creatures can cope with the near-freezing temperatures, immense pressures and complete darkness.

Dr Robert Turnewitsch, one of the authors of the paper from the Scottish Association for Marine Science, said: “The deepest parts of the deep sea are certainly not dead zones.”

Amazing, really. We’ve always been looking for the next frontier in scientific exploration, and what seems to be the most promising these days is, well, everywhere—from the Mariana Trench to our kitchen sinks.