Metcalf Instiute for Marine & Environmental Reporting
Published: January 1, 2013
C-DEBI Contribution Number: 191


The discovery of life in the deep biosphere has raised a conundrum for scientists: how in the world can anything persist buried far below the surface of the Earth for thousands, and even millions, of years? What adaptations allow organisms to flourish in this ecosystem poised at the edge of starvation and extinction? This is the topic of C-DEBI theme 4, Evolution and Survival: Adaptation, Enrichment, and Repair.