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UNC Greensboro departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Biology will co-host “Microbes, Fluids, and Rocks: Life Beneath the Seafloor,” a talk by visiting scientist Julie Huber from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

The Syngenta Science Symposium is free and open to the public, and will take place on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at 1 p.m. in Sullivan Science Building, Mead Auditorium.

Exploration of the sea over the last 40 years has resulted in astounding discoveries about the extent and diversity of life in the deep ocean, pushing our understanding of the intimate connections between the biosphere and geosphere to the extremes, including the discovery of chemosynthetic ecosystems at hydrothermal vents and active microbes buried in sediments, kilometers beneath the seafloor.

This lecture will focus on microbial communities in the largest actively flowing aquifer system on Earth, the fluids circulating through oceanic crust underlying the oceans and sediments, and include recent discoveries and the technology that enabled such discoveries at both well-studied underwater volcanoes and completely novel and unexplored systems, including the worlds’ deepest hydrothermal vents.

 
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