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The Driest Place on Earth

The Driest Place on Earth

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, September 19, 2017/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, and still finds life happily living there. Imagine algae that mines fog by growing spider webs or bacteria that utilize intense UV light as energy. Azua-Bustos is using these extreme environmental adaptations (extremophiles) to this hyper-arid desert as potentially natural analogs for identifying where life may exist and thrive on Mars.

He presented some of his latest ecological findings at a TED conference earlier this year.

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