From the top to the bottom of the Ocean

Despite the fact that nearly 70% of the earth is covered in water, we seem to know very little about it, particularly that which is in our oceans. Take for example this article over at the New York Times by Carl Zimmer about what’s on top entitled “In Ocean’s Teeming Top Layer, Scientists Find a Microbe Haven“.

While down at the bottom (of Lake Whillan in Antartica) researchers have brought up samples 2,625 feet (800 meters) below the surface of the ice, also looking for microbes and other signs of life. You can read about it in “Antartic Drilling Team Nabs 1st Samples of Buried Lake” by Becky Oskin at LiveScience or at National Geographic in “Life Found Deep Under Antartic Ice for First Time? U.S. Scientists Discover Microbes in Lake a Half-Mile Under the Surface” by Marc Kaufman. They’re both good reads.

Hmmm! There seems to be a theme here.

So I’ll go ahead and throw in this article about microbes to give you an idea (if you haven’t already figured it out) how tough they are. The article is “Stormy Weather is No Match for Microbes” by Alex Reshanov over at EarthSky.



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