Extremophiles Live Where Most Things Can't

Extremophiles Live Where Most Things Can't

Extremophiles thrive in environments that humans deem "extreme," from lakes with high salt concentrations to deep-sea vents. They produce enzymes called "extremozymes" that help them to survive in these conditions. Specialized groups of extremophiles have different names; an acidophile, for example, is an organism that experiences optimal growth in an acidic pH, whereas a hypolith is an organism that lives beneath rocks in cold deserts.


Key Facts In This Video

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    Extremophiles are organisms that thrive in conditions that seem hostile to life. (0:17)

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    Extremophiles could potentially teach scientists about alien species. (2:06)

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    NASA scientist Richard Hoover has tried to find evidence of extremophile-like organisms inside carbonaceous meteorites. (3:13)

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