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New York/Canadian-Media: Antarctica's pair of mountains, literally the loneliest place in the world contained no signs life, not even bacteria or fungi at the top of these freezing peaks, National Geographic reports said.
Antarctic soil. Image credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre. www.sciencemag.org
A team of researchers analyzed collection of soil samples by testing for the presence of DNA , and found no signs of life in soil from the mountains.
These findings were reported last month in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences.
Once confirmed by independent scientists, the sites would be the first known places on Earth’s surface that host no microbial life with conditions resembling the surface of Mars and could be of great help to the future explorers to learn more about conducting missions on the Red Planet.
But, according to the latest updates it was revealed that a small number of microbes may be present at the sites in levels that the researchers were unable to detect in their study.