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Life at the South Pole?
News story originally written on July 14, 2000

Scientists discovered something that will have a big effect on our search for life on other planets. Tiny microbes were found at the South Pole. These living organisms were thriving in the harsh antarctic conditions. If these microbes can live here, then there is a chance that similar organisms live in the cold regions of other planets, like Mars.

Scientists are amazed with the finding. Not only is it very cold at the South Pole, but large doses of harmful radiation bombards the region. Not even this ultraviolet light can keep these little creatures from surviving.

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