In the mine, which is located in Canada and goes into the ground nearly 2 500 metres, scientists have found microorganisms that have adapted to extreme conditions and can survive without oxygen.
The corresponding discovery was made in well under the name of Kidd Creek in Ontario. There are engaged in the extraction of metals such as silver, zinc and copper.
The earlier study was able to prove that this place has preserved the most ancient on the planet is groundwater. Their ages range from a few billion to a few million years.
In the scientific community believed that these waters have no life, due to the absence in its composition necessary for the viability of micro-organisms chemical elements. Newly conducted researches have allowed to establish the contrary, what passes Geomicrobiology Journal.
Samples taken in these waters contained traces of the metabolism of microbes. However, what organisms they belong to, establish at the moment is impossible.
The authors of the research claim that these microbes "breathe" sulfates (salts of sulfuric acid) and oxidized hydrogen in a vacuum.
We will remind, yesterday he received the news that in the Ethiopian volcano has been discovered colonies of microorganisms. It is noted that the conditions of their survival was similar to the conditions that exist on Mars.