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Scientists found a gold mine of bacteria almost two miles beneath
the Earth’s surface.
The subterranean microorganisms, a division of Firmicutes bacteria,
use radioactive uranium to convert water molecules into useable
Uranium is an element contained within the Earth’s crust and is an
abundant source of energy.
The presence of such terrestrial organism raises the potential that
bacteria could live beneath the surface of other planets such as
The water contained hydrogen and hydrocarbons that form when
water exposed to radiation from rocks containing uranium breaks
The age of the water and analysis of the microbes revealed that
these bacteria parted from their surface relatives some three to
25 million years ago.
Scientists still don’t know how surface Firmicutes managed to make
a home for themselves so deep in the Earth.
However, they function similar to photosynthetic organisms that
capture sunlight and turn it to energy for other organisms.
This means that Firmicutes could support other microbial communities
with the energy acquired from uranium.
Originally posted by Sri Oracle
This screams to me:
VIOLATION OF TIME/SPACE CONTINUUM!
Men should not be digging holes this deep.
Originally posted by iori_komei
Err, Ok, why?
There's no reason not to, it helps increase our scietific knowlege
base, and we may find something that can make the world better,
like a bacteria that turns radioactive material into non-radioactive
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