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09/28/2004 Archived Entry: ""
A science moment from Gordon P. New evidence lends some support to Thomas Gold's controversial hypothesis that "fossil" oil and gas might have had a non-biological origin, as well as his hypothesis that there might be a thriving microbial biosphere deep underground using non-biogenic methane as its principle
energy-sorce, and whose total biomass may equal or even exceed that of "surface" life. (Underground microbial ecosystems have indeed been discovered -- albeit in less extreme environments than proposed by Gold -- and are now archly known as "SLiMEs:" Subterranean Lithotrophic Microbial Ecologies.) For the article, click here.