X-Message-Number: 11845
From: Eugene Leitl <>
Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 19:51:06 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Exotic-looking microbes turn up in ancient Antarctic ice


Updated, July 17 to include links to recent diatom discoveries. 

March 13, 1998: Two scientists exploring a microworld locked in 
ancient ice have found a wide range of lifeforms from fungi, 
algae, and bacteria to a few diatoms - and a few items with 
strange shapes. 

" We've found some really bizarre things - things that we've 
never seen before," said Richard Hoover of NASA's Marshall Space 
Flight Center. Hoover and Dr. S.S. Abyzov of the Russian Academy 
of Sciences have been examining deep ice core samples from the 
Vostok Station about 1,000 km (620 miles) from the South Pole. 


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