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2010-04-26 07:37:10

In so many ways, Don Juan Pond in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica is one of the most unearthly places on the planet. An ankle-deep mirror between mountain peaks and rubbled moraine, the pond is an astonishing 18 times saltier than the Earth's oceans and virtually never freezes, even in temperatures of more than 40 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Now, a research team led by biogeochemists from the University of Georgia has discovered at the site a previously unreported chemical mechanism for the...