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•If you lined up all of the bacteria and archaea combined in the world, it would be about 10 billion light years long.
•The bright colors of the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park come from the mats of trillions of hyperthermophilic bacteria known as Thermus aquaticus.
•A gram of dirt can have as many as two and a half billion bacteria in it.
•If all of the water was sucked out of your body, ten percent of the body weight left would be bacteria.
Did you know....?
•The total combined number of bacteria and archaea in the world number about 5 billion trillion trillion.
•If a nuclear war wiped out civilization, most of the Earth's bacteria wouldn't be affected. For this reason, a nuclear war would not end all life. Life might even be restored after hundreds of millions of years.
•Scientists estimate that the total mass of the Earth's bacteria outweighs all other living things combined.
Interesting Facts About Bacteria and Archaea
•Archaea was not considered to be separate and unique from bacteria until 1977.
•Some of the antibiotics we use were first made by bacteria as a defense against other bacteria.