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← Huge hidden biomass lives deep beneath the oceans

kev_s's Avatar Jump to comment 17 by kev_s

I seem to remember that most ocean crust is less than 150 mya because it gets subducted. So even if these cells are fabulously long-lived they will eventually be subducted, crushed and cooked. Their remains will be incorporated into the magma that spews from the volcanoes along the continental margin. Quite a ride. But perhaps they avoid this fate if the sediment they are in is "scraped off" on the way down.

Sun, 25 May 2008 05:33:00 UTC | #175056