This crystal was discovered on May 11, although scientists then saved it. But now researchers from the Geological Society of America are planning to uncover this crystal. This will reveal whether life still exists inside this piece of salt. These microorganisms were found in crystals within microscopic bubbles of liquid, known as fluid inclusions. These tiny bubbles act as micro-habitats for the colony to live in.
Organic compounds present in inactive state
The study’s author, Kathy Bennison, a geologist at West Virginia University, told NPR that it sounds like a bad movie story. Despite this, people are interested to know about the things inside this piece. Many scientists have been working on such a discovery for decades. Scientists have speculated that the organic compounds inside the brown formation halite are inactive, but there is also the possibility that they may be alive.
Microorganisms get trapped in fluid inclusion
A research paper published in the journal Geology states that rock salt is formed by the evaporation of crystal ocean salty water. In this process some part of the water and organisms can become trapped in the fluid inclusions. The researchers said that there were no defects of any kind in the samples. It can be easily recognized even after crores of years have passed.
Millions of years old microorganisms have already been found
Scientists, citing the old discovery, said that even before millions of years old microorganisms have been found. So this time also we have high hopes. He said that in an earlier study, living microorganisms were found in 150,000 years old rock salt. Similarly, living bacteria have also been found in 250 million year old salt crystals.