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Undercover Cells: New Estimate of the Microbes Beneath the Continents 10 December 2018 Feature

Scientists have proposed that the majority of microbes on Earth live in the vast, dark subsurface,…

Eukaryote in biofilm
Life in Deep Earth Totals 15 to 23 Billion Tonnes of Carbon—Hundreds of Times More than Humans 10 December 2018 Feature

Contacts Terry Collins, +1-416-878-8712; tc@tca.tc Katie Pratt, +1-401-536-8813; katie_pratt@uri.…

Natural Gas Diagrams Get a Makeover 26 October 2018 Feature

Methane in the subsurface can come from three sources: microbes, the high-temperature breakdown of…

Atlantis Massif Drillsites
Subsurface Life in the Atlantis Massif: Just Add Water? 17 October 2018 Feature

When mantle rocks come into contact with seawater, the resulting reaction, called serpentinization…

The Seafloor “Methane Filter” Takes Years to Regrow After Disruption 8 October 2018 Feature

Each year, about 200 million tons of methane leak out from sediments and cold seeps along the…

How Microbes Survive When Buried Alive 25 September 2018 Feature

For most microbes that settle into marine sediments, there’s nowhere to go but down. They become…

A Return to the Lost City: This Time it’s Microbial 12 September 2018 Feature

For the first time since 2008 U.S. scientists will thoroughly explore the Lost City hydrothermal…

Serpentine balls
Organic Carbon Shapes Minerals and Metals at Low Temperature in Serpentinite Rocks 4 September 2018 Feature

When exhumed mantle material creates new seafloor along mid-ocean ridges, seawater seeps into…

A Behind-the-Scenes look at ‘The Most Unknown’ 28 August 2018 Feature

What happens when researchers from very different fields meet to discuss the questions that fuel…

Amino Acid Metabolism Fuels Fracking Communities 13 August 2018 Feature

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has enabled natural gas companies to reach new heights in…

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