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Earth's Driest Place

Earth's Driest Place

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, February 5, 2019/Categories: natural history, video, space science, sustainability, art and design, environment, adventure

                     Armando Azua-Bustos (credit: Atacama Biotech)

Astrobiologist Armando Azua-Bustos studies Chile's Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth. He still finds life there. Imagine algae that mines fog by growing spider-like webs or bacteria that utilize intense UV light as energy. Azua-Bustos uses these extreme adaptations to the hyper-aridity by organisms (extremophiles) as potentially natural analogs for identifying Martian environments where life might exist. He presented his latest ecological findings to a TED audience.

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