Endolithic blue-green algae in the dry valleys: primarily producers in the Antarctic desert ecosystem
Endolithic unicellular blue-green algae occur under the surface of orthoquarztite rocs in the dry valleys of southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. This report of primary producers in the Antarctic desert ecosytem suggests that, in future efforts to detect life in extraterrestrial (for example, Martian), environments, scientists should consider the possible existence of endolithic life forms.
193 (4259): 1247-1249
FriedmanN, E.I.; Ocampo, R. Endolithic blue-green algae in the dry valleys: primarily producers in the Antarctic desert ecosystemScience193 (4259): 1247-12491976