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Cave ecology isolated for over 5 mllion years

  1. May 24, 2016 #1

    DaveC426913

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    Surely this is a huge, huge find, is it not??

    A living ecology, isolated for over 5 million years?

    http://ecowatch.com/2016/05/24/movile-cave-romania/

    Scientists Uncover Array of Strange Animals in Cave That Has Been Sealed Off for 5.5 Million Years

     
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  3. May 24, 2016 #2
    This is a fascinating discovery that could just possibly revolutionize our understanding of how to counter the build-up of greenhouse gases on Earth. And of course it is so exciting to observe all of these new species that have had little to no contact with the Outside world whatsoever before now.

    I also found another source that also talks about the topic: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150904-the-bizarre-beasts-living-in-romanias-poison-cave

    My personal favorite is the waterscorpion, it causes me a great deal of wonder to think just what venom it utilizes without any outside contact. :smile:
     
  4. May 25, 2016 #3
    Wiki says this, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movile_Cave
    http://www.jcmurrell.co.uk/cave.html [Broken]
    has a model of the biogeochemical process.
    http://www.jcmurrell.co.uk/images/movile_cave_interactions.jpg [Broken]
    Interesting stuff.
     
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  5. May 25, 2016 #4

    1oldman2

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    Agreed! Thanks for the link.
     
  6. May 25, 2016 #5

    1oldman2

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    Very!
     
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