They Find ‘Zombie’ Creatures at the Bottom of the Sea

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Researchers found abundant previously unknown life forms.

Recently during a cooperation project known as Deep Carbon Observatory, an international team of scientists has identified an immense ‘deep life’ under the seabed.

It includes microbes that could remain there for thousands or millions of years, reports AFP, citing the findings of a vast investigation that lasted nine years and is nearing its end.

In their study, the researchers drilled the seabed to depths of 2.5 kilometers and found abundant previously unknown life forms, which persist there under the most severe conditions of extreme temperature and pressure. In addition, these microorganisms remain barely alive: they exist in a state of slow movement similar to that of a ‘zombie’, the researchers point out.

They Find 'Zombie' Creatures at the Bottom of the Sea

The experts concluded that about 70 percent of the bacteria and archaea of ​​our planet live underground, and that this underground ecosystem is equivalent to between 15,000 and 23,000 million tons of carbon.

Rick Colwell, a specialist at the Oregon State University in the United States, said that “the Earth’s deep biosphere is massive” and described these recent findings as a “very exciting and extreme ecosystem”.

 

Source: Chispa