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Deep Life Not Limited to Microbes: Earthquakes Move Surface Animals to the Deep

Deep Life Not Limited to Microbes: Earthquakes Move Surface Animals to the Deep

Researchers propose that seismic activity transports freshwater animals into the subsurface along fractures in the rock. This activity could explain the presence of nematodes and other small animals in water collected from South African mines.

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Putting Deep Life on the Map 19 November 2019 Feature

Decades of drilling into Earth’s crust has revealed a vast and poorly explored habitat for microbes…

The PUSH for High-Pressure Microbiology 30 September 2019 Feature

Microbes in the deep biosphere exist at pressures that would crush most surface organisms.  At one…

Microbes in Deccan Traps Go to Extremes 26 September 2019 Feature

About 65 million years ago, massive volcanic eruptions spread lava over an estimated 1.5 million…

Why Aren’t Subseafloor Microbes Cleaning Their Plates? 20 August 2019 Feature

From their humble location deep in the muck at the bottom of the ocean, subseafloor microbes…

World’s Oldest Groundwater Supports Life Through Water-Rock Chemistry 29 July 2019 Feature

The Kidd Creek Mine, located in Ontario in Canada, is a copper, silver, and zinc mine reaching…

The Ocean Floor Project Explores Uncharted Territory 26 July 2019 Feature

Earth’s ocean floor covers about 71 percent of the planet, making it a giant yet poorly explored…

Deep-Sea Microbes Prefer High-Pressure Lifestyles 23 July 2019 Feature

Deep, dark ocean waters represent the largest marine environment on Earth. Studying how microbes…

The Archaea Are Winning in Deep-Sea, Oxic Subsurface Sediments 19 June 2019 Feature

Archaea and bacteria may look very similar under the microscope, but organisms from these two…

Karen Lloyd 2019 TED Talk
VIDEO: Karen Lloyd Delivers TED Talk on the Distribution and Role of Deep Subsurface Microbes 10 June 2019 Feature

  Microbiologist Karen Lloyd (DCO Executive Committee, University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA…

Unraveling the ENIGMA of Protein Evolution 6 June 2019 Feature

Proteins are finely tuned, specialized “nanomachines” that catalyze necessary chemical reactions in…

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