The Oceanic Crust as a Bioreactor

  1. William S.D. Wilcock,
  2. Edward F Delong,
  3. Deborah S. Kelley,
  4. John A. Baross and
  5. S. Craig Cary
  1. Hubert Staudigel1,
  2. Bradley Tebo1,
  3. Art Yayanos1,
  4. Harald Furnes2,
  5. Katie Kelley3,
  6. Terry Plank3 and
  7. Karlis Muehlenbachs4

Published Online: 19 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/144GM20

The Subseafloor Biosphere at Mid-Ocean Ridges

The Subseafloor Biosphere at Mid-Ocean Ridges

How to Cite

Staudigel, H., Tebo, B., Yayanos, A., Furnes, H., Kelley, K., Plank, T. and Muehlenbachs, K. (2004) The Oceanic Crust as a Bioreactor, in The Subseafloor Biosphere at Mid-Ocean Ridges (eds W. S.D. Wilcock, E. F. Delong, D. S. Kelley, J. A. Baross and S. Craig Cary), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/144GM20

Author Information

  1. 1

    Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, La Jolla, Ca 92093-0225, Usa

  2. 2

    Geological Institute, University of Bergen, Allegaten 41, 5007 Bergen, Norway

  3. 3

    Department of Earth Sciences, Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Ma 02215, Usa

  4. 4

    Department of Geology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alta T6g 2E3, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875904092

Online ISBN: 9781118666135



  • Deep-sea ecology—Congresses;
  • Mid-ocean ridges—Congresses


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Problems in Studying the Dob

  • Forensic Microbiology in the Oceanic Crust

  • Duration of Biotic Alteration in the Deep Oceanic Biosphere (DOB)

  • Geological Control of Bioalteration

  • Experimental Studies

  • Discussion

  • Conclusion