Digging For Underground Life To Create A Map Of Earth’s Deep Biosphere
From Fast Company January 7, 2013 - 5:00pm
In even the harshest conditions on Earth, there is thriving life. Now a new project aims to categorize it all by drilling deep into the Earth and finding the microbes living there. Two miles below the surface of the Earth, life is thriving and we know almost nothing about it. This "deep life"--mostly yet to be discovered species of bacteria and primitive microbes called archea--has become the focus of scientists trying to understand how life evolved on Earth, and its implications for us today. Their efforts are being channeled into the Census of Deep Life (CoDL) mapping millions of unknown microbial species still waiting below the surface. "A global census of these deep-sea microbes is underway," states Oregon State University, one of the CoDL partners. Enabled by advances in drilling technology and DNA analysis, the global effort will drill miles below continents and oceans to pul...
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