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Originally posted by TheComedian
It will be interesting to see if some of these deep-earth life forms come up and meet us top-dwellers through the Gulf disaster.
Could be an Andromeda Strain from the Center of the Earth...
Wow, what a great movie title (although it's a horrible thought)...
Burrowing more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) underwater and drilling through 850 feet (260 meters) of rock ...
a group of microbiologists
Originally posted by thedarklingthrush
No one else thinks that life originated in places like this?
The deep crust was the first place on the planet to by hydrated, stable and the source of energy is ever present.
Originally posted by tauristercus
Yes, I don't have a problem with a bunch of scientists doing research ... but what I'm trying to say (obviously unsuccessfully) is why and how did they decide to conduct their drilling at that very spot in the ocean ... out of all the untold number of other locations in the oceans of the world that they could have picked to drill ?
I would have assumed that such a "biological reservoir" would have been extremely rare and yet they seemed to have "fluked" a successful drilling right into the middle of it.
It would have been great if the article had provided such background info as well.
"If you consider how much ocean crust there is on Earth, and how much of that is hydrologically active, then this environment could be one of the most massive habitats for microbial life on Earth. There may be new species of life and new types of metabolism that we haven't discovered yet," Orcutt said.