Seafloor bacteria are more abundant and diverse than previously thought, appearing to "eat" the planet's oceanic crust, according to a new study in Nature. The findings pose intriguing questions about ocean chemistry and the co-evolution of Earth and life, such as 'where do these bacteria find their energy?'
- 'Barren' seafloor teeming with microbial lifeWed, 28 May 2008, 13:28:54 EDT
- Bacteria 'feed' on earth's ocean-bottom crustWed, 28 May 2008, 16:28:43 EDT
- Scientists find bacteria thriving on a feast of seafloor rockWed, 28 May 2008, 16:28:39 EDT
- Oxygen-free early oceans likely delayed rise of life on planetMon, 10 Jan 2011, 16:10:36 EST
- Busy microbial world discovered in deepest ocean crust ever exploredFri, 19 Nov 2010, 14:41:32 EST