NASAs Creature at Bottom of Mono Lake: Remnants of Previous Earth Inhabitants?

NASA will unveil their finding that a creature, with “life as we don’t know it,” lives at the bottom of Yosemite’s Mono Lake. With no budget to explore space, NASA has turned it’s attention to a Lake bed “rich in arsenic.” Did I mention the possibility that these creatures live right along side of us – now?  Did I mention they may be “remnants” of previous inhabitants?

If these creatures are a life form and can exist on hostile planets, this article by the Telegraph’s Science Correspondent says they could develop into intelligent forms such as humans when conditions “improve.”
It follows a growing belief that alien life far from being rare is actually abundant in the universe just in a form that is not recognisable as life.

At the heart of his theory is that life on earth may have come and gone many times during the planet’s existence.

These creatures are the remnants of the previous inhabitants…

Dr Lewis Dartnell, an astrobiologist at the Centre for Planetary Sciences in London, said: “If these organisms use arsenic in their metabolism, it demonstrates that there are other forms of life to those we knew of.

According to this travel blog, Mono Lake is over 750,000 years old:

…is amongst the oldest lakes in North America. With depths ranging anywhere from 57 to 159 feet, the lake currently sits 6,382 feet above sea level, though stream diversions, evaporation, and the level of precipitation each year may cause that number to gradually change.

Mono Lake View from Earth Satellite

The lake now believed to be the home of a creature that may be “life as we don’t know it” did not impress Mark Twain:

“It lies in a lifeless, treeless, hideous desert,” he wrote in his 1872 travelogue, Roughing It.”This solemn, silent, sailless sea–this lonely tenant of the loneliest spot on earth–is little graced with the picturesque.”

Mono Lake is not the only weird lake being checked out by NASA. In early 2008 a team of scientist went to Antarctica to research a lake “essentially filled with extra-strength laundry detergent,”  looking for “conditions too extreme for most other living things.”

“Strange extremophiles may be the norm for life elsewhere in the cosmos,” including in penguin poop. In Alaska, NASA researchers found bacteria in ice coming to life after being frozen for 32,000 years.

The waters in Mono Lake are so salty, “the venomous waters are nearly pure lye,” and twice as salty as sea water – no fish, no frogs, no “polliwogs,” just arsenic-eating creatures, living on earth in tandem (the same as a parallel universe?) with you and me.

The official NASA announcement, now only a few hours away, is scheduled for Thursday, December 2nd.  Remnants of previous inhabitants surviving at the bottom of Mono Lake? What do you think about that?
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  • Interesting…at first I thought the line “life as we don’t know it” was referring to Harry Reid (LOL)

    • Funny Norm! The line begged for similarities of the bacteria living in the People’s House.