Forget Extraterrestrials; What about Intraterrestrials?


Son of Liberty
After studying Geology that last semester this kind of news doesnt really surprise me. When we got into Paleontology and other areas that dabbled in historic Biology we always managed to discover critters that lived in areas that would classify them as "Extremophiles".

So now the search for life in our lifetime is taking a dive beneath the Ocean Crust.... THink they'll find anything?

WASHINGTON — While astronomers scour the skies for signs of life in outer space, biologists are exploring an enormous living world buried below the surface of the Earth.

Scientists estimate that nearly half the living material on our planet is hidden in or beneath the ocean or in rocks, soil, tree roots, mines, oil wells, lakes and aquifers on the continents.

They call it the "subsurface biosphere," a dark world where the sun and stars don't shine. Some call it Earth's basement.

"Earth's habitable zone extends to depths of hundreds or thousands of meters," Katrina Edwards, a microbiologist at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, told a December conference of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. "The organisms that live in this environment may collectively have a mass equivalent to that of all of Earth's surface dwellers and may provide keys to solving major environmental, agricultural and industrial problems."

For example, geologists are considering whether to store some of the world's excess carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, in a worldwide network of crevices below the seafloor.

Scientists say research on "intraterrestrial life" complements astronomers' hunt for "extraterrestrial life" around other stars and planets. The search for E.T. starts at home.

Buried alive: Half of Earth's life may lie below land, sea | McClatchy


Boom Boom Pow!
Considering just how much is down there that we surface dwellers can't get to, I'd say there's a good chance of something being down there. Life is just bacteria and where you have water, you have bacteria. Bacteria is built to survive and spread so yeah I'd say there's a pretty good chance.


I am Heavy Weapons Guy
I'm sure that they will find something. They won't even have to go beneath the surface to find new species, there are thousands of undiscovered species just in the oceans.