Jun 15, 2006 by Christopher Hogg
After geologist Benoit Beauchamp’s previous journey to the arctic turned up a massive sulphur-coated glacier spring on Ellesmere Island, scientists are curious to know more about the natural oddity.
Early testing showed the glacier spring contains new forms of bacteria and an extremely rare mineral known as vaterite. The bacteria have survived in one of the coldest and harshest environments on Earth and scientists say nothing like it has ever been found before.
“That yellowish stain has attracted the attention of NASA and the Canadian Space Agency because it has a link to extraterrestrial life,” Beauchamp, the executive director of the Arctic Institute of North America, told Canada.com. “What we’re finding more and more is there is life within the ice and beneath the ice.” Full Article…
NASA.gov article- “Exploring Europa by Way of the Arctic “
Planetary Society- “Europa on Earth…”