ARGENTINA -Positive confirmation of alien life may have been discovered in a lake!
Lake Diamante is an oxygen-starved body of water in the center of a giant volcanic crater located over 15,400 feet above sea level. Researchers have found millions of “super” bacteria thriving within the lake. They believe that the bacteria may offer clues on how life got started on Earth and how it could survive on other planets.
The bacteria’s habitat is similar to primitive earth, before living and breathing organisms began wrapping a protective atmosphere of oxygen around the planet. The conditions – which include high arsenic and alkaline levels – could also shed light on life beyond Earth.
“This is of great scientific interest as a window to look to our past and also for a science called astrobiology, the study of life on other planets,” said Maria Eugenia Farias, part of the team that discovered the life-forms in Lake Diamante earlier this year.
If bacteria can survive in Lake Diamante, the theory goes, it could also survive somewhere like Mars.
Farias says that these bacteria, called “polyextremophiles” are exceptional because they flourish in the harshest of circumstances.
“What we have here is a series of extreme conditions all in one place. And this is what makes this place unique to the world,” said Farias, a microbiologist at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council in Tucuman province.
Farias an her team are looking for Argentine funding to produce a metagenome of the bacteria, an advanced study which provides a DNA sequence of the entire microbe colony.