An archaeal iron-oxidizing extreme acidophile important in acid mine drainage.

@article{Edwards2000AnAI,
  title={An archaeal iron-oxidizing extreme acidophile important in acid mine drainage.},
  author={Katrina Jane Edwards and Philip L. Bond and Thomas M. Gihring and Jillian F. Banfield},
  journal={Science},
  year={2000},
  volume={287 5459},
  pages={1796-9}
}
A new species of Archaea grows at pH approximately 0.5 and approximately 40 degrees C in slime streamers and attached to pyrite surfaces at a sulfide ore body, Iron Mountain, California. This iron-oxidizing Archaeon is capable of growth at pH 0. This species represents a dominant prokaryote in the environment studied (slimes and sediments) and constituted up to 85% of the microbial community when solution concentrations were high (conductivity of 100 to 160 millisiemens per centimeter). The… CONTINUE READING
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