Earth’s upper atmosphere—below freezing, nearly without oxygen, flooded by UV radiation—is no place to live. But last winter, scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered that billions of bacteria actually thrive up there.
Expecting only a smattering of microorganisms, the researchers flew six miles above Earth’s surface in a NASA jet plane. There, they pumped outside air through a filter to collect particles.
Back on the ground, they tallied the organisms, and the count was staggering: 20 percent of what they had assumed to be just dust or other particles was alive. Earth, it seems, is surrounded by a bubble of bacteria.
…a species of Painted-snipe (Rostraulidae) that occurs in parts of Africa, India, Pakistan and Southeast Asia. Like most waders greater painted-snipe are typically found close to marshes, ponds, swamps, reed beds, streams, and other wet areas. They feed mainly on aquatic insects, crustaceans, molluscs and occasionally seeds which are obtained by probing through mud. Greater painted-snipe are fairly shy and secretive, typically seen close to/in vegetation either solitary or in small groups.