IODP Advances in the Understanding of Subseafloor Life Journal Article uri icon

DCO ID 11121/2202-4528-6372-4252-CC

is Contribution to the DCO

  • YES

year of publication

  • 2019

abstract

  • The most recent decadal phase of scientific ocean drilling through the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) has resulted in paradigm-shifting understanding of life below the seafloor. Enabled by new drilling and coring approaches, cutting-edge methodologies, and novel observatory science, IODP expeditions havesignificantly advanced understanding of the amount and diversity of subseafloor life, the metabolic strategies that this life uses to survive under extreme energy limitation, and consequences of this life for the Earth system. Here, we summarize highlights from recent IODP expeditions focused on life beneath the seafloor and emphasize remaining major science challenges in investigating the form and function of life in this environment.

volume

  • 32

issue

  • 1