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This NASA Astrobiology Institute article documents recent findings of bacterial life beneath the sea floor. These newly discovered bacteria are thought to live as far down as 500 meters beneath the sea floor and eat through volcanic rock, leaving behind burrows. The article contains hyperlinks to websites explaining some key vocabulary, related websites, and color photos and maps.
Subject: Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Habitats:Benthic, Within Rock, Biology:Microbiology, Astrobiology, Biogeochemistry Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work Grade Level: General Public, Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12), Middle (6-8), College Lower (13-14) Extreme Environments: Anoxic, High Pressure Ocean Environments: Deep Sea Floor/Abyssal Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats:Benthic, Within Rock, Marine, Biosphere:Microbiology, Ecology:Metabolism, Biosphere:Astrobiology, BiogeochemistryKeyword: endolith
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