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Remote Sonoma County landscape offers microscopic peek at life's beginnings

Courtesy of The Press Democrat
By Mary Callahan The Press Democrat October 19, 2013
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Scientists looking for clues to the origins of life on Earth have discovered new life forms right here in Sonoma County that may shed light on how life evolved — and how it might be detected elsewhere in the universe.

A three-year study of alkaline ponds at The Cedars, a vast but remote serpentine area north of Cazadero, has uncovered microorganisms never before detected, existing in the kinds of harsh conditions believed to reflect those that first gave rise to life, scientists say.

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