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Aquifer Microbes Survive on Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide Diet

Aquifer Microbes Survive on Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide Diet

Bacteria living on the surface of the mineral olivine inside a deep, subseafloor aquifer rely on the Wood-Ljungdahl pathway, an ancient type of metabolism that uses hydrogen and carbon dioxide to yield energy and organic compounds.

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Aquifer Microbes Survive on Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide Diet
Aquifer Microbes Survive on Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide Diet 25 March 2019 Feature

Based on what we know of early Earth and the origin of life, scientists think that the first cells…

Did a Burst of Halogens Kick Off the End-Permian Extinction? 27 August 2018 Feature

About 250 million years ago, one of the largest known volcanic events in history flooded the area…

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Large Igneous Provinces Contribute to Ups and Downs in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide 8 June 2018 Feature

About 250 million years ago, a massive volcanic eruption flooded modern-day Siberia with lava,…

The Carbon Trap: Carbon Dioxide Injections Stimulate Peculiar Subsurface Microbial Communities 6 November 2017 Feature

One aspect of CCS that some researchers have overlooked is the role of subsurface microbes. DCO…

Deep Mantle Chemistry Surprise: Carbon Content not Uniform 13 January 2017 Feature

Research by Deep Carbon Observatory scientists Marion Le Voyer, Erik Hauri (Carnegie Institution…

Mineralogy and Microbiology at the Juan de Fuca Ridge 17 March 2016 Feature

Earth’s crust is not homogeneous, however, and in a new paper in Geomicrobiology Journal, DCO's…

Ambrym: A Top Three Worldwide Volcanic Emitter of Deep Carbon Dioxide and Other Magma-Derived Volatiles 15 January 2016 Feature

Improved quantification of the global emissions of deep carbon through volcanism is one key…

Superdeep Diamonds Provide Evidence for a Melting Barrier to Deep Carbon Subduction 8 January 2016 Feature

Carbon is cycled from Earth’s surface to its depths, emerging through the crust from volcanoes, and…

Genesis of Eight Lava Fountains at the Southeast Summit Crater of Mount Etna 24 January 2015 Feature

Lava fountains are spectacular eruptive manifestations of basaltic and other low-viscosity magmas.…

DCO Researchers Head to Disko Island, Greenland 29 July 2013 Feature

Disko Island is home to many geological wonders. The second largest island of Greenland, Disko sits…

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