PubTalk 8/2008 — How the Earth Copes with Our LUSTs

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The amazing capabilities of subsurface life

by Barbara Bekins, USGS Research Hydrologist

 

LUST= Leaking Underground Storge Tank

  • By some estimates, the total carbon in subsurface bacteria is nearly as large as the carbon in all surface plants
  • Underground microorganisms are capable of biodegrading an array of industrial contaminants, including petroleum-based fuels
  • In the late 1990s this knowledge was used to revise clean-up strategies for LUST sites
  • There are more than 3,000 LUST sites in California-- more than 450 in the Bay Area

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Image Dimensions: 480 x 320

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Length: 01:17:17

Location Taken: Menlo Park, CA, US

Transcript

Contact wmcesic@usgs.gov for transcript.