'Barren' Seafloor Teeming With Microbial Life

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 20:28 in Biology & Nature

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?'

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