NAI Director's Seminar 1/29: Long-Term Sustainability of a High-Energy,

Speakers: Lisa Pratt (Indiana University) and T.C. Onstott (Princeton University)

Date/Time: Monday, January 29, 2007 11AM PST

Abstract: Geochemical, microbiological, and molecular analyses of alkaline saline groundwater at 2.8 kilometers depth in Archaean metabasalt revealed a microbial biome dominated by a single phylotype affiliated with thermophilic sulfate reducers belonging to Firmicutes. These sulfate reducers were sustained by geologically produced sulfate and hydrogen at concentrations sufficient to maintain activities for millions of years with no apparent reliance on photosynthetically derived substrates. For more information and participation instructions, visit: http://nai.arc.nasa.gov/seminars/seminar_detail.cfm?ID=96 [Source: NAI Newsletter]

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