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Earth's mysterious "deep biosphere" can harbor millions of undiscovered species



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By Brandon Specktor, Live Science

Life on Earth is taking billions of forms, but to see most of them, you must be deep below the surface dig the planet.

Over the last 1

0 years, scientists at the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) have done so. Comprised of more than 1,000 scientists from 52 countries around the world, this group of scientists represents the weird, wild life of Earth's "deep biosphere" – the mysterious patchwork of subterranean ecosystems that exists between the Earth's surface and its core. It may sound like an unlamorous world of dirt, darkness, and mighty pressure, but new research by the DCO has not hindered millions of undiscovered types of microbial life since the planet was born. [Extreme Life on Earth: 8 Bizarre Creatures]


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