February 17, 2017
Simply put fascinating. Biologists have discovered LIFE trapped inside 50,000-year-old crystals in a fairytale-like Mexican cave system. These bizarre, ancient microbes were found ‘dormant’ in the Naica caves and are believed to live off minerals such as iron and manganese.
Scientists discovered around 100 different organisms, which were mostly bacteria, inside crystals where they remained trapped for between 10,000 and 60,000 years. Interestingly, 90 percent had never been seen before.
The cave system, located in Naica Mexico, is referred to by experts as both Fairyland and hello, due to its incredible scenery yet ‘hellish’ temperatures.
The cave system is located above a massive pocket of volcanic magma and is geothermally heated.
Now, biologists have discovered LIFE trapped inside the crystals which are believed to be around 50,000 years old. The age of the microbes was determined by outside experts who basically looked at where the microbes…
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