Energy from the interior of the Earth supports life in a global ecosystem

Researchers from Center for Geomicrobiology is providing the first direct evidence of life in the deeply buried oceanic crust.

The Earth’s oceanic crust covers an enormous expanse, and is mostly buried beneath a thick layer of mud that cuts it off from the surface world. Scientists now document life deep within the oceanic crust that appears to be sustained by energy released from chemical reactions of rocks with water.

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