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Scientists find bacteria thriving on a feast of seafloor rock
Date:5/28/2008

g seawater, but the bacterial diversity was significantly greater than we could have imagined.

The findings open up new questions about the evolution of Earth and of seafloor life.

We are just beginning to scratch the surface, Santelli said. What role does this microbial community play in global ocean chemistry" What sort of metabolism is needed to live in and dominate this environment" And what exactly are these microbes doing down there"


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