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May 2012

From the ocean depths an ancient being rose…

POSTED BY: S. DOMAGAL-GOLDMAN
 
No, not “Nessie.” But in my mind, something more exiting. Sometimes, the very first sentence of an the abstract hooks you… or at least hooks me. Check it out (emphasis mine): Microbial communities can subsist at depth in marine sediments without fresh supply of organic matter for millions of years. At threshold sedimentation rates of 1 millimeter per 1000 years, the low rates of microbial community metabolism in the North Pacific Gyre allow sediments to remain oxygenated tens of meters below the sea....
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