Microbial communities in fluid inclusions and long-term survival in halite

  title={Microbial communities in fluid inclusions and long-term survival in halite},
  author={Tim K. Lowenstein and Brian A Schubert and Michael N. Timofeeff},
  journal={Gsa Today},
Fluid inclusions in modern and ancient buried halite from Death Valley and Saline Valley, California, USA, contain an ecosystem of “salt-loving” (halophilic) prokaryotes and eukaryotes, some of which are alive. Prokaryotes may survive inside fluid inclusions for tens of thousands of years using carbon and other metabolites supplied by the trapped microbial community, most notably the single-celled alga Dunaliella, an important primary producer in hypersaline systems. Deeper understanding of the… Expand

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