Microbiology of Movile Cave—A Chemolithoautotrophic Ecosystem

@article{Kumaresan2014MicrobiologyOM,
  title={Microbiology of Movile Cave—A Chemolithoautotrophic Ecosystem},
  author={D. Kumaresan and D. Wischer and Jason Stephenson and A. Hillebrand-Voiculescu and J. Murrell},
  journal={Geomicrobiology Journal},
  year={2014},
  volume={31},
  pages={186 - 193}
}
Discovered in 1986, Movile Cave is an unusual cave ecosystem sustained by in situ chemoautotrophic primary production. The cave is completely isolated from the surface and the primary energy sources are hydrogen sulfide and methane released from hydrothermal fluids. Both condensation and acid corrosion processes contribute to the formation of Movile Cave. Invertebrates, many of which are endemic to Movile Cave, are isotopically lighter in both carbon and nitrogen than surface organisms… Expand
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