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South Pole Bacteria
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South Pole Bacteria

June 22, 2010
South Pole Bacteria A scanning electron micrograph of bacteria from South Pole snow. [Bar = 10 micrometers] Scientists believe that the discovery of microbes at the Pole could mean that bacteria have become uniquely adapted to the extreme conditions there, including the scarcity of liquid water. To learn more, see NSF Press Release 00-48, NSF-Funded Researchers Discover Evidence of Microscopic Life at the South Pole. (Date of Image: 1999; published 2000)