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The Eternal Flame

Deep-sea bacteria copy their neighbors' diet

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The Eternal Flame

Nov 19, 2019 In the deep sea, far away from the light of the sun, organisms use chemical energy to fix carbon. At hydrothermal vents where hot, mineral-rich water gushes out of towering chimneys called black smokers vibrant ecosystems are fueled by chemical energy in the vent waters. 

https://m.phys.org/news/2019-11-deep-sea-bacteria-neighbors-diet.html

 

Edited by debra odem

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Mello_

Surface biosphere runs on solar energy turning into chemical energy. Biosphere in the ground on termal vents begins with free chemical energy. Both biosphere rely on unoxidized carbon as building block of life. Surface life extract it with help of sunlight from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Deep life extracts it from hydrocarbons. Oxygen is requirement in both realms since chemical energy is only provided in process of oxidation. For surface life oxygen is used from pure molecular oxygen. Deep life extracts oxygen atoms that are loosley bound in iron oxides and sulfates.
Biology is nothing than brench of geology.

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'Walt' E. Kurtz

Why not? I also live by the sea" see food"  diet I eat what I see

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