Atacama: An ecosystem discovered in the desert that may hold clues about the origin of life on Earth

Atacama: An ecosystem discovered in the desert that may hold clues about the origin of life on Earth
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Stromatolites at the bottom of a lake in Puna de Atacama, Argentina

That’s what a team of scientists claim to have found in a “unique in the world” lake ecosystem in Puna Atacama, Argentina.

The discovery, made by geologist Brian Hynek, of the University of Colorado in Boulder, and Argentine microbiologist Maria Farias, was announced last week and came about after studying satellite images of the area.

Hynek and Farias analyzed these images for more than a year, and found what appears to be a specific network of aquifers in the middle of the desert.

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