Glass Munchers Under the Sea

Leslie Mullen, NASA Astrobiology Institute

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.

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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, College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14), Middle (6-8)
Extreme Environments: Anoxic, High Pressure
Ocean Environments: Deep Sea Floor/Abyssal
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats:Benthic, Within Rock, Marine, Biosphere:Microbiology, Biogeochemistry, Ecology:Metabolism, Biosphere:Astrobiology
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Biogeoscience, EcologyKeyword: endolith