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Life In The Inferno: Researchers Identify Factors That Determine Where Microorganisms Can Survive In The Hellish World Deep Underground

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December 22, 1999
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Idaho National E & E Laboratory
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Subsurface scientists have begun to identify the factors that determine why microorganisms survive deep underground in some places, but not others, report researchers from the Department of Energy's Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory and Princeton University.

Even Dante would blanch at the conditions kilometers below the earth's surface. Temperatures climb past 100 degrees Celsius, pressures hundreds of times greater than atmospheric pressure bear down, and space is so tight even microorganisms can barely budge.


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