New sulfate-breathing species discovered beneath ocean crust: Third of Earth’s biomass in largely uncharted environment

15 enero 2015

Two miles below the surface of the ocean, researchers have discovered new microbes that «breathe» sulfate. The microbes, which have yet to be classified and named, exist in massive undersea aquifers — networks of channels in porous rock beneath the ocean where water continually churns. About one-third of the Earth’s biomass is thought to exist in this largely uncharted environment.
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