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Geomicrobiology of iron in extreme environments

Alexis S. Templeton
Geomicrobiology of iron in extreme environments
Elements (April 2011) 7 (2): 95-100


The rapid redox cycling of iron is one of the most pervasive geochemical processes catalyzed by microbial organisms. Numerous microbial metabolisms rely on transferring electrons to and from iron, even in "extreme" environments considered challenging for life due to high acidity, high alkalinity, high temperature, low organic content, or low water abundance. Recent efforts to explore the iron biogeochemistry of extreme systems, such as hydrothermal vents, seafloor basalts, serpentinizing systems, and acid mine drainage, have significantly expanded our expectations regarding the distribution and activity of iron-dependent life on Earth, and potentially other iron-rich silicate planets, such as Mars.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 7
Serial Issue: 2
Title: Geomicrobiology of iron in extreme environments
Affiliation: University of Colorado, Department of Geological Sciences, Boulder, CO, United States
Pages: 95-100
Published: 201104
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 42
Accession Number: 2011-046158
Categories: General geochemistry
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201126
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