Subterranean Life

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Science  07 Feb 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5301, pp. 789-790
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5301.789

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A surprising array of subterranean microorganisms can be found living in a variety of geological formations. In his Perspective, Ghiorse reports on a recent meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on subsurface microbiology. Among the exciting topics being discussed in this field are new hypotheses on origins and long-term survival of microbial life in deep crustal rocks, subsurface ecosystems supported by chemosynthetic primary production, and the possibility of new sources of industrially important organisms.