Hot subterranean biosphere in a continental oil reservoir

  title={Hot subterranean biosphere in a continental oil reservoir},
  author={S. L'Haridon and A.-L. Reysenbacht and P. Gl{\'e}nat and D. Prieur and C. Jeanthon},
  • S. L'Haridon, A.-L. Reysenbacht, +2 authors C. Jeanthon
  • Published 1995
  • Biology
  • Nature
  • THE presence of high concentrations of hyperthermophilic archaea in Alaskan oil fields has been attributed to viable hyperthermophiles in low concentrations in the injected sea water, but the existence of an indigenous community within the reservoir was ruled out1. Here we present evidence for the existence of indigenous thermophilic bacteria and hyperthermophilic archaea from a continental petroleum reservoir about 1,670 m below the surface. The thermophilic isolates were repeatedly obtained… CONTINUE READING
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