Is Life Thriving Deep Beneath the Seafloor?

Carl Wirsen, Oceanus; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

This Oceanus article presents information regarding microbial life beneath the sea floor. These newly discovered organisms push the limits of our understanding about the extreme conditions life can survive and even thrive in. The article provides information pertaining to the sea floor bacteria, their habitat, and other extremophiles. It features links to related articles, color photographs and images of deep sea exploration vessels, the sea floor, microbes, and flash diagrams of how microbes exist in these environments.

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Habitats:Within Rock, Benthic, Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), General Public, College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Extreme Environments: Anoxic, Extremely Hot, High Pressure
Ocean Environments: Deep Sea Floor/Abyssal:Hydrothermal Systems, Deep Sea Floor/Abyssal
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats:Benthic, Marine, Within Rock, Biosphere:Astrobiology, Microbiology, Ecology:Metabolism
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:EcologyKeyword: endolith