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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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Extremophiles are microorganisms that thrive in environments with extreme conditions, such as high or low temperatures or pH levels, high salt concentration, or high pressure. Found in hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, they produce the vivid colors of some hot springs. Due to extremophiles' ability to thrive in conditions detrimental to most life on Earth, some scientists theorize that they may reflect what life may be like on other planets. How are extremophiles used industrially? More...
Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 3:32:40 AM
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If our species' environmental depredations of the planet continue, we may need to evolve from mesophiles to extremophiles just to survive.
Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 5:10:08 PM

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Ours is an organism I would consider an extremophile already, by my criteria! It requires a gas that is a toxic pollutant waste product of other organisms [OK, so do most current organisms]. It has no ecological niche, so it has to construct micro-environments to be able to survive in a range of ecological zones. It cannot digest its main food sources, and has to use heat to modify their structure to be able to eat - for a large number of the species the main foodstuff is actually poisonous and needs to have the poison leached out before it can be eaten. It breeds so slowly it can only have one young a year and that takes several years to reach reproductive age, yet it has been so successful it has colonised practically every habitat. We are the great, extreme survivor-bugs!
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