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Weird New Forms of Bacterial Life Found in the Dead Sea

Deep in the depths of the Dead Sea, new life has been discovered. Thanks to newly found freshwater springs, certain forms of bacteria thrive, bacteria that, unlike other known freshwater and saltwater bacteria, can cope with rapidly changing salinity. It's the intriguing results of the first study of the Dead Sea in years, a rare undertaking partly because "accidentally swallowing Dead Sea salt water would cause the larynx to inflate, resulting in immediate choking and suffocation."

More complex animals like fish, amphibians, and marine snakes can't survive in the Dead Sea. But mats of bacteria, mainly in the domain Archea, survive in mats in the freshwater-spouting craters.

Click "source" to read the entire article and see a video of the first scientific diving expedition at the Dead Sea

Comments (2)

  1. Archaea are not bacteria. They are, however, both prokaryotes.
  2. It's a great discovery. I think that discoveries like this and a win in the New7Wonders of Nature (you can vote here: www.facebook.com/VoteDeadSea )will bring more funds to research the place.

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