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Extreme Life Thrives Where the Livin’ Ain’t Easy

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Wired magazine has put together an 8-part image gallery that matches the extremophile microbe with it's environment.


"Once upon a time, scientists routinely found life in places where it wasn’t supposed to exist. That doesn’t happen anymore, and not because the pace of discovery has slowed. If anything, it’s accelerated. It’s simply become clear that life can exist almost anywhere on Earth.


Photo by Kevin Jones/Flickr (right) via Wired.com


After 3 billion years of evolution, life has flowed into every last nook and cranny, from the bottom of the sea to the upper edge of the stratosphere. From blazing heat and freezing cold to pure acidity and atomic bomb-caliber radiation, there’s seemingly no stress so great that some bug can’t handle it."

 
 

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