Life exists on Planet Earth in all kinds of places that are not where you would expect life should exist. Therefore, life could exist on other planets with similar bizarre climates.
- Deep under the ocean there are volcanoes erupting. The water temperature is way above boiling there and yet we have found these areas teaming with life.
- Life has been found in bubbling hot tar.
- The Deinococcus is listed as the “world’s toughest bacterium” in the Guinness Book of World Records because it withstands huge amounts of radiation that no life should be able to withstand.
- Pitch Lake in Trinidad is 250 deep and bubbling with hydrocarbon fumes seeping from oil reserves and is full of microscopic life.
- Lake Untersee in Antarctica has been iced over for 100,000 years. It is here they find Stromatolites mounds built by microorganisms.
- Researchers found these autochthonous organisms at the bottom of a South African gold mine.
Credit. So if life can exist in all these unexpected places on Earth (and more) then there is some possibility life can exist in different environments on other planets. The problem? We just haven’t found anything yet.
2 thoughts on “Does life have to have a climate like Earth? Out in space somewhere, can life not exist on a frozen planet or on a sun and just evolve to be able to live in its environment?”
Indeed. Why do we assume life forms even have to be material in nature?
Good points, Mitch!
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