GeoBeats News: One Of The Most Inhospitable Areas On Earth Looks Like An Alien World

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GeoBeats News: One Of The Most Inhospitable Areas On Earth Looks Like An Alien World

 

Scientists are hoping that an inhospitable area in Ethiopia could provide insights into the development of life on other planets.

Scientists are hoping that an inhospitable area in Ethiopia could provide insights into the development of life on other planets. 

The focus of their study is the Danakil Depression which records springtime temperatures of 107 degrees Fahrenheit; it is also home to active volcanoes and has noxious vapors in the air. 

As a press release by Europlanet reveals, a team of researchers led by Dr. Felipe Gómez Gómez recently conducted “the first investigation into the site’s geology, mineralogy and biology.”

For three days in early April, they extracted bacterial samples and took environmental measurements across numerous hot spring sites. 

While the analysis is still ongoing, they have thus far identified “at least three extreme ecosystems.”

The goal is to gain a better understanding of places that can host life but not necessarily people. 

A follow-up visit to the site is planned for later this year.

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