Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Inner Earth Is Teeming With Exotic Forms of Life (Smithsonian.com)

Inner Earth Is Teeming With Exotic Forms of Life

More than a mile below the surface, our planet supports diverse creatures that could give us clues about life across the solar system

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Ancient bacteria from nearly two miles below Earth's surface: that's what first drew Tullis Onstott to begin his search for life in the most unlikely of places. The geomicrobiologist had just attended a 1992 U.S. Department of Energy meeting about rocks estimated to be more than 200 million years old—older than most dinosaurs. These prehistoric rocks had been unearthed from a gas exploration well, and they turned out to be teeming with bacteria.

Read more at .... http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inner-earth-teeming-exotic-forms-life-180958243/#E8bFL6yXrcSizIbc.99