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Life 500 Meters Below the Juan de Fuca Ridge
May 16, 2013 | Deep Carbon Observatory

Researchers have discovered evidence of life 500 meters below the seafloor of the Juan de Fuca Ridge. “They found genetic evidence of Methanosarcinales, anaerobic archaea known to metabolize methane. Further experiments showed that microbes have affected the chemical signature of sulfur in the host basalt, suggesting they could harness energy from the breakdown of sulfates.” Quoted from the Deep Carbon Observatory press release.

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Land Below Sea Level
March 16, 2014 |
Did you know that there are seven distinct depressions on Earth that are over 100 meters below sea level, and twenty-three that are over 10 meters below sea level and ten more that are at least two meters below sea level? We have a google map that points to ten of these depressions and a list of the remaining locations.

M6.1 Earthquake on the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge
January 15, 2013 | USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
Earthquakes stronger than M6.0 are unusual on a mid-ocean ridge. USGS reports that a M6.1 earthquake occurred on the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge today at about 11:00 AM local time.

Shale Gas Production is Up in China
January 16, 2014 | Bloomberg
The amount of natural gas produced from shale in China during 2013 was about 200 million cubic meters. That is up from the 30 million cubic meters produced in 2012. For perspective, the United States produced about 70 billion cubic meters in October, 2013.

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