General Collection of Resources on Microbial Life Under High Pressure



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Deep-sea vent locale
In 1991, scientists aboard the submersible Alvin witnessed the aftermath of a very recent volcanic seafloor eruption and found themselves in a virtual blizzard of white debris. Photo by Rachel Haymon (UCSB) and Dan Fornari, (WHOI).
  • Is Life Thriving Deep Beneath the Seafloor?:In 1991, scientists aboard the submersible Alvin sailed into the aftermath of a very recent volcanic eruption on the seafloor. This article published in Oceanus, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution publication, reports on the origin and composition of the debris encountered during this eruption as well as results from other subsurface biosphere explorations...(more info)

  • How do they survive?:Published by the Iowa Space Consortium, this website provides links to ongoing research projects focused on pressure tolerant microorganisms. This site also presents current research on pressure tolerant "piezophile" bacteria. Ongoing research projects focused on pressure tolerant microorganisms is presented on this page...(more info)

  • Living Large in Microscopic Nooks:This article published in Oceanus, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution publication, highlights the ability of certain bacteria to live off a solid-rock substrate...(more info)

  • Mariana Trench Biology:The Mariana Trench biology website sponsored by SmarterScience includes information pertaining to microbial life at the bottom of the world's deepest oceanic trench...(more info)

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