Deep Subterranean Microbe Thrives On Iron And Oil

December 19, 2013 8:14 PM

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Able to withstand high heat, high salinity, low oxygen, utter darkness and pressures that would kill most other organisms, the bacteria Halomonas is a very hardy breed. Traits such as these enable these microbes to eke out a living in deep sandstone and have proven to be useful for hydrocarbon extraction and carbon sequestration.

The new study, published in Environmental Microbiology, gives the first unobstructed view of the microbial life of sandstone formations more than a mile below the surface.

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