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Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely

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Show me the meaning of being lonely
Is this the feeling I need to walk with
Tell me why I can’t be there where you are

Simply because it is inhabitable, baby.

The first ecosystem ever found having only a single biological species has been discovered 2.8 kilometers (1.74 miles) beneath the surface of the earth in the Mponeng gold mine near Johannesburg, South Africa. There the rod-shaped bacterium Desulforudis audaxviator exists in complete isolation, total darkness, a lack of oxygen, and 60-degree-Celsius heat (140 degrees Fahrenheit).

D. audaxviator survives in a habitat where it gets its energy not from the sun but from hydrogen and sulfate produced by the radioactive decay of uranium.

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Written by Elgie Shepard

October 11, 2008 at 11:27 am

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