There is a commonality of colonisation of the subsurface of the planet. ~ Canadian biochemist Barbara Sherwood Lollar
19 distinct microbes have been found that are distributed throughout the world, tucked deep within Earth’s crust.
It is easy to understand how birds and fish might be similar oceans apart. But it challenges the imagination to think of nearly identical microbes 16,000 kilometers apart in the cracks of hard rock. ~ American biogeologist Matthew Schrenk
Selfsame microorganisms live in a subterranean South African gold deposit and in frozen methane pockets beneath the Indonesian sea floor.