Subsurface lithoautotrophic microbial ecosystem
Subsurface lithoautotrophic microbial ecosystems, or "SLIMEs" (also abbreviated "SLMEs" or "SLiMEs"), are defined by Edward O. Wilson as "unique assemblages of bacteria and fungi that occupy pores in the interlocking mineral grains of igneous rock beneath Earth's surface."
- Edward O. Wilson, The Future of Life (New York: Random House 2002), 7.
- Article from Sciencemag.org about SLIMEs in Deep Basalt Aquifers
- Subsurface lithoautotrophic microbial ecosystems (SLMEs) in igneous rocks: prospects for detection
- Hydrogen-driven subsurface lithoautotrophic microbial ecosystems (SLiMEs): do they exist and why should we care?
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