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By Creation Ministries International, CREATION.COM
Deeply buried bacteria baffles boffins

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The five major rotating systems of ocean currents known as ‘gyres’. The sediments were found in the North Pacific Gyre. (Satellite image by NASA)

Scientists have found living bacteria 30 metres (100 feet) deep in sea-floor sediments in the region of rotating currents north of Hawaii known as the North Pacific Gyre.

According to the long-age interpretation, the bacteria are living in 86-million-year-old clay. The oxygen levels are extremely low and the researchers are mystified as to how these aerobic (oxygen-dependent) bacteria could have survived at such a slow rate of activity for so long.

Of course if the sediments were laid down near the end of Noah's Flood, they are not millions of years old and the problem is largely solved.

This discovery backs up the evidence from sea-floor sediment nodules of manganese that the sediments were deposited very quickly, not over eons of time.

Find out more at creation.com/manganese-nodules.

References:

  • Aerobic microbial respiration in 86-million-year-old deep-sea red clay, Science 336(6083):922–925, 18 May 2012.
  • Bacteria alive (more or less) in 86-million-year-old seabed clay, Physorg.com, 18 May 2012.
  • David Biello, Millennia-Old Microbes Found Alive in Deep-Ocean Muck, ScientificAmerican.com, 18 May 2012


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