New study sheds light on how life survives in Earth’s deepest, darkest environment

Date: January 25, 2021

Source: University of Calgary
Author: Mark Lowey

Scientists know little about the Earth’s “deep biosphere,” even though an estimated one-third of the planet’s microorganisms live in this sunless, harsh environment.

A new international, multidisciplinary study, led by the University of Calgary and involving collaboration by two research groups in the Department of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science, is shedding light on these resilient microbes buried in sediments beneath the ocean floor.

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