(Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences) The essential roles that microbes play in deep-sea ecosystems are at risk from the potential environmental impacts of mining, a new paper in Limnology and Oceanography reports. The study reviews what is known about microbes in these environments and assesses how mining could impact their important environmental roles.

Original source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/blfo-sw011420.php