Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Stromatolites - an ancient form of life

By Jamie

Stromatolites are limestone rock formations that live in the ocean, made by a kind of bacteria called cyanobacteria. These cyanobacteria were one of the first life forms on earth. They have existed for 3 1/2 billion years. Stromatolites also produce oxygen. If there weren't stromatolites we probably wouldn't be living as they produced oxygen that allowed life to evolve. They were the major life form on earth for more than 2 billion years! Living stromatolites are only found in Western Australia and the Bahamas. They were so cool!

Stromatolites in Shark Bay, Western Australia

Us looking at the stromatolites

Close-up of stromatolites

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