Rare Opportunity to Study Short-Lived Volcanic Island Reveals Sulfur-Metabolizing Microbes
In 2015, a submarine volcano in the South Pacific erupted, forming the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai island, destined to a short, seven-year life. A CU Boulder and CIRES-led research team jumped on the rare opportunity to study the early microbial colonizers of a newly formed landmass and to their surprise, the researchers discovered a unique microbial community that metabolizes sulfur and atmospheric gases, similar to organisms found in deep sea vents or hot springs.
CU Boulder-led team discovers unique microbial community living on former island Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
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