We live in a familiar organic world, in which all living organisms primarily consist of carbon and hydrogen compounds. But there are processes occurring in nature that scientists cannot unambiguously explain by the laws of physics and biology. For example, budding and slowly moving stones, which are known as Trovants (Romania). Their “life” remained a mystery. Trovants have an inner core and are able to grow in the rain, gaining weight and volume. Each of them has a round or oval shape and can reach a weight of more than one ton.
Scientists observe small movements of stones, which they also cannot explain. Similar processes of reproduction can be traced in the “life” of agates, which have “internal organs”.
Silicon life possible?
Theoretically, our organic life can exist in parallel with silicon life, i.e. consisting of silane and silicone living organisms, similar to our existing organics. This is a kind of alternative life form that is capable of existing according to its own special chemical and physical laws.
More interesting facts and observations about silicon life
Metaloxins in living nature: In silicon life, organisms could use metaloxins instead of organic molecules. Metaloxins are compounds in which silicon replaces carbon in organic molecules. This can lead to the formation of structures and chemical reactions that are inaccessible to organic living beings.
Extremophile Organisms:In a world of silicon life, there could be extremophile organisms that would survive in conditions incredibly hostile to organic life on Earth. These organisms could live in high-temperature lakes, acidic oceans, or even the atmosphere of gas giants.
Silicon crystals as building blocks: In silicon life, silicon could serve as an important building block. Organisms could form silicon crystals to maintain their form and function, much like our organic organs.
Diversity of chemical reactions: Silicon life could have completely unique chemical reactions using silicon instead of carbon. These responses could be more efficient or specific to certain conditions, opening new possibilities for adaptation to diverse environments.
Possible signs of silicon life: The search for silicon life could include looking for structures resembling silicon crystals, as well as evidence of the use of silicon in chemical processes. Researchers could also look for potential extremophilic organisms that are adapted to unfavorable environments.
Evolution in silicon life: Theoretically, evolution in silicon life could lead to the formation of unique species and ecosystems, completely different from organic ones. This opens up wide horizons for our imagination and exploration in search of the diversity of life in the universe.