Antarctica’s “Blood Falls” Shows How Aliens Might Live


April 16, 2009: In Antarctica, there is a location where water bursts forth from a glacier, after which it quickly oxidizes the surrounding regions and turns rust red. This water comes from an extremely salty underground lake which has existed in isolation from the rest of the world for 1.5 million years, and where bacteria live which feed on the local minerals (such as sulfur) instead of photosynthesis.

It is possible that primitive aliens on ice worlds might survive under similar conditions.



Game and Story Use

  • This underground lake might be the home of an Eldritch Abomination which has lain dormant for eons - until foolish scientists wake it up, of course.
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