Study on Santorini volcano uncovers first signs of life on earth

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A recent study of microorganisms on the seafloor of Santorini’s largest volcano has unlocked the secrets of how life can survive in extreme conditions.

As part of the study, researchers used samples collected from the volcanos seabed to uncover diverse microbes which had strong adaptation abilities and were resistant to hot temperatures.

Photo: Volcano Discovery

According to a report published by Frontiers in Microbiology, the specific area located on the Santorini- Kolumbo crater produced a unique range of microorganisms which made good candidates for understanding how life can survive in any temperature.

With this study, the hope is to continue to learn more about the seafloor and how the active volcano can help with the understanding of evolution.  

Source: Frontiers in Microbiology.

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