Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Ice Worms?

Ice worms: They're real, and they're hotFrom the Seattle Times, here is yet another case of life being found in a most unlikely environment. I've never heard of these critters before, although they've been known since 1887. As you can see by the photo, you've got to dig deep to find them.
Thriving in conditions that would turn most living things to Popsicles, these inch-long earthworm cousins inhabit glaciers and snowfields in the coastal ranges of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. They move through seemingly solid ice with ease and are at their liveliest near the freezing point of water. Warm them up slightly and they dissolve into goo.

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