A worm found living very deep down

Three kilometers beneath Earth’s crust, in a realm known as the subsurface, temperatures in the thick rock are well over 40°C, and the oxygen-poor water chokes out familiar life. Here, slow-growing bacteria and other microbes flourish in masses called biofilms. It has now been discovered that a ravenous predator also survives in these hellish conditions: a roundworm that researchers describe today as the first multicellular organism to be found in the deep subsurface of Earth.

The 0.5-millimetre-long H. mephisto, named in reference to the light-hating demon of the underworld, feeds on films of bacteria that grow more than a kilometre down within the warm walls of the Beatrix gold mine, located some 240 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg. Read more here, here, here or here.

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One Response to “A worm found living very deep down”

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