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Life in Deep Earth Totals 15 to 23 Billion Tonnes of Carbon—Hundreds of Times More than Humans

Barely living "zombie" bacteria and other forms of life constitute an immense amount of carbon deep within Earth's subsurface—245 to 385 times greater than the carbon mass of all humans on the surface, according to scientists nearing the end of a 10-year international collaboration to reveal Earth's innermost secrets.

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Carbon Cycling in the Deep Biosphere 23 October 2015 Feature

Understanding the origins and cycling of methane on Earth is a key area of investigation. Since…

Report on the 2015 DCO Deep Life Community Workshop, Lisbon 19 May 2015 Feature

The DCO Deep Life Community convened at the Pestana Palace in Lisbon, Portugal, from 6-10 May 2015…

Deep Life Workshop, Portland, OR, May 2013 24 May 2013 Feature

The DCO Deep Life Workshop was held 14-15 May 2013 at McMenamins, Portland, Oregon, with the goal…

Dark Energy Biosphere Research: Past and Future 15 February 2012 Feature

Exploring Earth's intraterrestrial ecosystems is a relatively new and exciting field with ever…

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