Life in Extreme Environments

Life in Extreme Environments

Isabelle glacier, Sept. 1980, photo credit: Nel Caine

An abundance of previously unknown microbes are active beneath the snow at the highest elevations in the continental US, even in rock glaciers high above the tree line in the Rocky Mountains (a barren environment previously thought to be devoid of life), which substantially broadens our understanding of both the diversity and biogeochemical functioning of life in extreme environments.

Related Displine Data:

Microbial ecologySoil science

Associated Niwot Researchers:

CU Boulder

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #DEB-1637686. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necesarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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