Science Forum

Science Forum

  1. Zugzwang
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    10 Dec '18 20:40
    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/dec/10/tread-softly-because-you-tread-on-23bn-tonnes-of-micro-organisms

    "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."

    "One organism found 2.5km below the surface has been buried for
    millions of years and may not rely at all on energy from the sun.
    Instead, the methanogen has found a way to create methane in this
    low energy environment, which it may not use to reproduce or divide,
    but to replace or repair broken parts.

    Lloyd said: “The strangest thing for me is that some organisms can
    exist for millennia. They are metabolically active but in stasis, with
    less energy than we thought possible of supporting life.”"