March 18, 2006
Ice worms could hold clues to alien life (2)
PARADISE, Wash. – A tiny worm that lives in glaciers and snowfields is drawing attention for what it could reveal about life on other planets.
The ice worm inhabits glacial regions in the coastal ranges of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. The odd creature easily moves through ice, is liveliest near the freezing point of water and dissolves into a goo when warmed.
There’s been increased interest in ice worms and other animals whose glacial habitat could disappear within the next 50 years due to global warming.