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Study weighs deep-sea mining's impact on microbes

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Study weighs deep-sea mining's impact on microbesEast Boothbay ME (SPX) Jan 15, 2020

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. "The push for deep-sea mining has really accelerated in the last few yea
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