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Ocean ecology

Life in an oceanic extreme

Scarce food supplies could hinder biological activity in the ocean's depths. However, measurements at Mariana Trench point to an unexpectedly active microbial community in the deepest seafloor setting on the planet.

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Figure 1: Submersible lander.

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Epping, E. Life in an oceanic extreme. Nature Geosci 6, 252–253 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo1785

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