Antarctica. Picture desolate plains of ice, lifeless, bitten by a fierce, bitter wind.
Although ninety-eight percent of Antarctica is covered by thick ice, there are bare patches where the rocky surface shows through. These so-called “dry valleys” are some of the most inhospitable places on Earth. Air temperature is well below freezing, and it’s dry as a desert because arid, hurricane-force winds suck the snow and other moisture away.
If you were a microorganism in one of Antarctica’s dry val