Zonation of Microbial Communities by a Hydrothermal Mound in the Atlantis II Deep (the Red Sea)
Li, Jiang Tao
He, Li Sheng
Gao, Zhao Ming
Cao, Hui Luo
Batang, Zenon B.
Al-Suwailem, Abdulaziz M.
KAUST DepartmentComputational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC)
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AbstractIn deep-sea geothermal rift zones, the dispersal of hydrothermal fluids of moderately-high temperatures typically forms subseafloor mounds. Major mineral components of the crust covering the mound are barite and metal sulfides. As a result of the continental rifting along the Red Sea, metalliferous sediments accumulate on the seafloor of the Atlantis II Deep. In the present study, a barite crust was identified in a sediment core from the Atlantis II Deep, indicating the formation of a hydrothermal mound at the sampling site. Here, we examined how such a dense barite crust could affect the local environment and the distribution of microbial inhabitants. Our results demonstrate distinctive features of mineral components and microbial communities in the sediment layers separated by the barite crust. Within the mound, archaea accounted for 65% of the community. In contrast, the sediments above the barite boundary were overwhelmed by bacteria. The composition of microbial communities under the mound was similar to that in the sediments of the nearby Discovery Deep and marine cold seeps. This work reveals the zonation of microbial communities after the formation of the hydrothermal mound in the subsurface sediments of the rift basin.
CitationZonation of Microbial Communities by a Hydrothermal Mound in the Atlantis II Deep (the Red Sea) 2015, 10 (10):e0140766 PLOS ONE
PublisherPublic Library of Science (PLoS)
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