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“Unlucky” creatures that enter the rare salt pools of the Red Sea are immediately stunned to death.

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Scientists discovered the rare brine pools in the Gulf of Aqaba during a four-week OceanXplorer research voyage.
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A new study has found that rare deep-sea brine pools found in the Red Sea could provide clues to the region’s environmental upheavals that span millennia, and could even shed light on the origin of life on Earth.

Deep-sea salt pans are unusually saline or “hypersaline” lakes that form on the seafloor. They are among the most extreme conditions on Earth, but despite their exotic chemistry and a total lack of oxygen, these rare pools are teeming with life and can provide insight into how life began on Earth, and how life could have evolved and flourished on other water-rich worlds other than ours.

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