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Press Release 11-221

From Tropics to Poles: Study Reveals Diversity of Life in Soils

New species discovered across the globe

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Image showing creatures that live in belowground soils

Down the rabbit hole: a new world of creatures awaits beneath the surface.

Credit: Diana Wall, Colorado State University


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Microbiologist and NSF program director Matt Kane talks about the life on a microbial planet: Earth. Most of the biodiversity on our planet is microscopic, and lives in soil.

Credit: National Science Foundation

 

Looking underground is like peering through the looking glass in Lewis Carroll's story Alice in Wonderland, says Diana Wall, a soil biologist at Colorado State University. Life in soil abounds, and we're just beginning to discover its extent.

Credit: National Science Foundation

 

Scanning electron microscopy image of a creature that lives in belowground soils.

What lives in belowground soils: some surprises, scientists have discovered.

Credit: Valerie Behan-Pelletier, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


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Scanning electron microscopy image of a small creature that inhabits belowground soils.

This creature is small in actual size, but large if you're an inhabitant of the world of soils.

Credit: Valerie Behan-Pelletier, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


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Photo of Ed Ayres and Diana Wall measuring indicators of soil biological activity in Kenya.

Scientists Ed Ayres and Diana Wall measure indicators of soil biological activity in Kenya.

Credit: Diana Wall, Colorado State University


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