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News Release 18-110

Deep biosphere beneath the seafloor explored at American Geophysical Union fall meeting

Scientists present recent findings on ‘dark energy’ in the subsurface biosphere

Scientists have found that rocks beneath the seafloor are teeming with microbial life.

Scientists have found that rocks beneath the seafloor are teeming with microbial life.

Credit: Nicolle Rager-Fuller/NSF


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Basalt rocks on and under the ocean bottom harbor abundant deep-sea bacteria.

Basalt rocks on and under the ocean bottom harbor abundant deep-sea bacteria.

Credit: WHOI


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The ocean research drillship JOIDES Resolution is used to obtain samples from beneath the seafloor.

The ocean research drillship JOIDES Resolution is used to obtain samples from beneath the seafloor.

Credit: IODP


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A view from the deck of the drillship JOIDES Resolution; deep below lies the seafloor.

A view from the deck of the drillship JOIDES Resolution; deep below lies the seafloor.

Credit: IODP


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A watertight seafloor well is used to take samples from aquifers deep beneath the ocean.

A watertight seafloor well is used to take samples from aquifers deep beneath the ocean.

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"Dark energy" is found in ocean depths; life abounds above and below the seafloor.

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