Is this for real?
With levels now at a 30-year low, the salt in portions of the shrinking lake has reached saturation levels ten times the salinity of seawater. Westminster, the University of Maryland and George Mason University are not only finding life where life shouldn’t exist, but life, perhaps like nothing of this earth.
Instead of the rods, spheres and spiral shapes microbiologists are familiar with, they’re seeing organisms shaped like pyramids, triangles, squares and crescents.
Dr. Bonnie Baxter, Westminster College Microbiologist: “Completely novel sequences that don’t match up with anything in the databases. And one of our genome guys who was taking a look at these said this looks like alien DNA. It doesn’t match anything we have on earth.”