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Bacteria capable of turning carbon dioxide into crystals discovered at a depth of 1,250 meters: how they may help fight climate crisis

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Bacillus species found at a depth of 1,250 meters underground

Scientists have recently made a groundbreaking discovery by identifying a type of bacteria that has the remarkable ability to turn carbon dioxide into crystals under extreme levels of pressure. This breakthrough has important implications for solving the climate crisis our planet is currently facing.

The potential to harness the abilities of this bacterium could change the future of carbon storage and help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. This is reported by New Scientist.

The search for bacteria with this unique ability was carried out by experienced researchers from Soeder Geoscience LLC and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Their research led them to the discovery of different types of bacteria, including Bacillus, Geobacillus and Persephonella marina, each of which demonstrates exceptional resistance in extreme conditions.

It is noted that Bacillus species were found at a depth of 1,250 meters underground. It is also known that Geobacillus and Persephonella marina can withstand temperatures up to 110 degrees Celsius, as well as high levels of pressure.

In a thorough test, the researchers exposed these bacteria to an environment commonly found in oil fields. To their surprise, they noticed that these bacteria were able to turn carbon dioxide into crystals under enormous pressure. In just 10 days, crystals formed thanks to the enzyme carbonic anhydrase, which accelerates the reaction between carbon dioxide and water.

The significance of this discovery is enormous as it opens up the possibility of capturing and storing crystalline carbon dioxide in the cavities left behind after oil fields are depleted. While this concept is still theoretical, it offers a promising path to a more sustainable future. By harnessing the unique abilities of these bacteria, we could potentially reduce carbon dioxide emissions and make a significant contribution to the fight against climate change.

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