New York Post: This glacier in Antarctica ‘bleeds’ red liquid

Jill Mikucki

Jill Mikucki

The New York Post featured a study by Jill Mikucki in this story examining the crimson-colored waterfall called Blood Falls in Antarctica.

At first glance, what appears to be blood can be seen spilling over the snow in the extreme desert—but it’s actually a strange natural wonder that could hold the secret to life on Mars.

According to the article, when this saline water, which is so concentrated its said to be three times saltier than the ocean, trickles through small fissures in the ice, it reacts with oxygen in the air to create the crimson hue.

Mikucki’s study on the bacteria in the salt water suggested Antarctica could be awash with subterranean microbial life. Mikucki is an assistant professor of microbiology.