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The Atacama Desert, in northern Chile, is famous for being the world's driest. The soil is also saline and, because of the altitude, bombarded with high levels of UV radiation. But life is there, waiting for the rains. When a decade's worth of rain fell in a day, scientists found a variety of extremophile bacteria, archaea, and fungi began to bloom in the soil. Researchers study the Atacama as a proxy for Mars. www.sciencenews.org/article/rain-wakes-undead-microbes-chile-atacama-desert
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