Life reaches its limits in the dead pools of Ethiopia

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Life reaches its limits in the dead pools of Ethiopia

Biologist says her evidence destroys the assumption that the presence of water on other planets is a sign of life

Cape Town bureau chief

Water is life, they say, but Africa has disproved it.

Green, black and yellow geothermal ponds in Ethiopia are so acidic and salty that scientists have concluded life is absent beneath their boiling surface.

Biologist Puri López García said her new evidence from the Dallol area that water could exist in the absence of life destroyed the assumption that the presence of water on other planets was a sign of life...

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