Unformatted text preview: very little about the “deep biosphere.” That’s why Edwards and over 30 others have pushed for this one of a kind drilling experiment. The drilling will take place close to Bermuda and through sediments which have accumulated over the past 7 million years. They are also going to drill through the layer off basalt underneath and conduct long term experiment on both rock types. Through this they expect to obtain details about the microbes in details which are possible to find out using only tock samples and lab cultures. Traditional methods will not work. Through these experiments scientists hope further understand how bacteria at different depths are related to each other. Through this they could perhaps learn how bacteria evolved and even the origin of life. This being said, the scientist are still unsure of what they will discover. Says Edwards: “No one has ever done a project like this before, so we don’t really know.”...
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- Spring '08
- Oceanography, Katrina Edwards, terah dejong, sea Terah DeJong, researcher Katrina Edwards