Scientists identify vast underground ecosystem

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« on: December 12, 2018, 07:40:28 am »
Scientists identify vast underground ecosystem containing billions of micro-organisms

Global team of scientists find ecosystem below earth that is twice the size of world’s oceans

The Earth is far more alive than previously thought, according to “deep life” studies that reveal a rich ecosystem beneath our feet that is almost twice the size of all the world’s oceans.

Despite extreme heat, no light, minuscule nutrition and intense pressure, scientists estimate this subterranean biosphere is teeming with between 15bn and 23bn tonnes of micro-organisms, hundreds of times the combined weight of every human on the planet.

Researchers at the Deep Carbon Observatory say the diversity of underworld species bears comparison to the Amazon or the Galápagos Islands, but unlike those places the environment is still largely pristine because people have yet to probe most of the subsurface.


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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2018, 06:02:35 pm »
Lets go exploring and kill off the local fauna with disease!

But seriously, that's pretty cool. Seems there's always something else to discover, eh?
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2018, 06:58:53 pm »
Cooliorino. Let's start getting those enzymes.