The Hardiest Microbes on Earth
When looking carefully at the world around us, we see, on the surface, an incredible wealth and diversity of life. Even in our most crowded cities, nature makes its mark. Even if you personally cannot see the many kinds of living creatures at work, there is a good chance that they are there – synthesizing, respiring, and reproducing. It may be the unwelcome weed that slowly works its way through the cracks in your garden patio, to make its home there, or an exotic species, such as the wonderful flowering plants found in some particularly dry deserts and arid valleys of North America. These intriguing plants remain beneath the parched desert soil for many weeks, even months, biding their time waiting for that brief rain shower so that they can burst up in a brief flash of life and vibrant energy.
KeywordsMicrobial Life Rain Shower Martian Soil Average Global Surface Temperature Crowded City
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