January 11, 2012

Can Microbes Unlock Secrets of Ocean Crust?

Nat'l Science Foundation, National Science Foundation


AP Photo

Of all the habitable parts of our planet, one ecosystem still remains largely unexplored and unknown to science: the igneous ocean crust.

This rocky realm of hard volcanic lava exists beneath ocean sediments that lie at the bottom of much of the world's oceans.

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TAGGED: Earth's Crust, Ocean Floor, Archaea, Bacteria

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