In 2018 Scientists Announced The Existence Of A Living Biosphere Beneath The Earth’s Surface

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In different locations worldwide, scientists are digging holes below the surface of the earth. Since 2009 they have been probing the deepest parts of our planet, building a picture of the ecosystem that thrives in such unlikely surroundings. And in December 2018 they revealed some of their incredible discoveries.

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From the strange creatures that dwell in the depths of the world’s oceans to the countless insects and spiders that inhabit earth, our planet plays host to a dizzying array of life. In fact, a study published in the journal PLOS Biology estimates that almost nine million species currently exist here.

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