Filmmaker Cameron Expedition Finds Weird Deep-Sea Life

Filmmaker Cameron Expedition Finds Weird Deep-Sea Life

The deepest place on the planet may also hold the clues to the origin of life on Earth. The discovery of microbial mats — bizarre-looking, filamentlike clumps of microorganisms — living off chemicals from altered rocks 35,803 feet (10,912 meters) beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean comes from samples and collected by an unmanned lander, part of movie director James Cameron's mission to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Researchers have speculated that a similar setup may have sparked the chemical steps that lead to life on Earth, and possibly elsewhere in the solar system. More >>

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