Microbes Have Been Discovered 1.5 Miles Beneath The Seabed Off Japan

The floor itself is more than 3,000 feet (1,000 meters) beneath the waves. The extremophiles, the deepest ever discovered by a drilling expedition, likely subsist on a low-calorie diet of hydrocarbons and have a low metabolism. The discovery has implications in the search for alien life.

Image: The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) via BBC News.


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