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other_usernames_gone t1_j0fsgpy wrote

Can high pressure liquid water be used by life? Same with supercritical water or even steam?

I suppose the answer is probably we won't know until we find life that does, but theoretically speaking.


YouAreGenuinelyDumb t1_j0hf37i wrote

High pressure liquid water can be used by life, as we have some examples on Earth like extremophiles and deep sea marine life.

I don’t know enough about supercritical fluids to answer that one. I think steam could be used by organisms, but I would presume that they would condense it to liquid water for their actual use.