Plastic Tubing, Nylon Thread, Mirrors & Light, 46 x 46 x 51 cm,2006
Primordial Deep, Digital Image
The world within this mirror-box extends infinitely. However, we as observers know there is a world outside the box. What does this indicate about our own observed reality?
It is thought that while there are ~1021 stars in the universe, there are ~1030 bacteria—so that Microbiological diversity is an unexplored area of astronomical proportions.
Subsurface life offers new and barely explored opportunities to examine the ecological and evolutionary processes that drive microbial diversity, community organisation and microbial interactions.
The recognition of large deep biosphere populations raises new, intriguing questions concerning their origin, diversity, resource utilization, activity, adaptation and relationship with the “upper world” biosphere.