Visions of Life on Mars in Earth’s Depths as Investigated by Princeton GEO team

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Posted Sep 13, 2016 by Kenneth Chang, New York Times

WITWATERSRAND BASIN, South Africa — A mile down in an unused mine tunnel, scientists guided by helmet lamps trudged through darkness and the muck of a flooded, uneven floor.  Leaning a ladder against the hard rock wall, Tullis C. Onstott, a geosciences professor at Princeton, climbed to open an old valve about a dozen feet up. Out flowed water chock-full of microbes, organisms flourishing from heat generated from the interior of the planet below.

 

A new species of nematode that scientists discovered in the Beatrix mine. Credit: Gaetan Borgonie/University Ghent, Belgium

Visions of Life on Mars in Earth’s Depths as Investigated by Princeton GEO team

Posted Sep 13, 2016 by Kenneth Chang, New York Times

WITWATERSRAND BASIN, South Africa — A mile down in an unused mine tunnel, scientists guided by helmet lamps trudged through darkness and the muck of a flooded, uneven floor.  Leaning a ladder against the hard rock wall, Tullis C. Onstott, a geosciences professor at Princeton, climbed to open an old valve about a dozen feet up. Out flowed water chock-full of microbes, organisms flourishing from heat generated from the interior of the planet below.