Long-term sustainability of a high-energy, low-diweniff crystal-biome

Li Hung Lin, Pei Ling Wang, Douglas Rumble, Johanna Lippmann-Pipke, Erik Boice, Lisa M. Pratt, Barbara Sherwood Lollar, Eoin L. Brodie, Terry C. Hazen, Gary L. Andersen, Todd Z. DeSantis, Duane P. Moser, Dave Kershaw, Tullis C. Onstott

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Abstract

Geochemical, microbiological, and molecular analyses of alkaline saline groundwater at 2.8 kilometers depth in Archaean metabasalt revealed a microbial biome dominated by. a single phylotype affiliated with thermophilic sulfate reducers belonging to Firmicutes. These sulfate reducers were sustained by geologically produced sulfate and hydrogen at concentrations sufficient to maintain activities for millions of years with no apparent reliance on photosynthetically derived substrates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-482
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume314
Issue number5798
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 20 2006

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    Lin, L. H., Wang, P. L., Rumble, D., Lippmann-Pipke, J., Boice, E., Pratt, L. M., Lollar, B. S., Brodie, E. L., Hazen, T. C., Andersen, G. L., DeSantis, T. Z., Moser, D. P., Kershaw, D., & Onstott, T. C. (2006). Long-term sustainability of a high-energy, low-diweniff crystal-biome. Science, 314(5798), 479-482. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1127376