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Title: High reactivity of deep biota under anthropogenic CO 2 injection into basalt

Abstract

Basalts are recognized as one of the major habitats on Earth, harboring diverse and active microbial populations. Inconsistently, this living component is rarely considered in engineering operations carried out in these environments. This includes carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies that seek to offset anthropogenic CO 2 emissions into the atmosphere by burying this greenhouse gas in the subsurface. Here, we show that deep ecosystems respond quickly to field operations associated with CO 2 injections based on a microbiological survey of a basaltic CCS site. Acidic CO 2-charged groundwater results in a marked decrease (by ~ 2.5–4) in microbial richness despite observable blooms of lithoautotrophic iron-oxidizing Betaproteobacteria and degraders of aromatic compounds, which hence impact the aquifer redox state and the carbon fate. Host-basalt dissolution releases nutrients and energy sources, which sustain the growth of autotrophic and heterotrophic species whose activities may have consequences on mineral storage.

Authors:
 [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [1];  [2];  [1];  [3];  [4];  [4];  [5];  [5];  [5];  [5];  [6];  [6];  [7];  [8];  [9];  [1]
  1. CNRS and Univ. Paris Diderot (France). Paris Inst. of Earth Physics (IPGP). Research Center on the Geological Storage of CO2
  2. Univ. Paris-Sud, Orsay (France). Inst. of Integrative Biology of the Cell
  3. CNRS and Univ. Paris Diderot (France). Paris Inst. of Earth Physics (IPGP)
  4. Helmholtz-Zentrum Muenchen-German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg (Germany). Research Unit Analytical Biogeochemistry
  5. Univ. of Iceland, Reykjavik (Iceland). Inst. of Earth Sciences
  6. Reykjavik Energy (Iceland)
  7. Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom). Ocean and Earth Science; Columbia Univ., Palisades, NY (United States). Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  8. Columbia Univ., Palisades, NY (United States). Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Barnard College, New York, NY (United States)
  9. Univ. of Iceland, Reykjavik (Iceland). Inst. of Earth Sciences; Paul Sabatier Univ., Toulouse (France); Univ. College London (United Kingdom). Earth Sciences
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Columbia Univ., Palisades, NY (United States); CNRS and Univ. Paris Diderot (France); Univ. Paris-Sud, Orsay (France)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE); Total S.A. (France); Schlumberger; French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) (France); French National Research Agency (ANR) (France); European Union (EU)
OSTI Identifier:
1499988
Grant/Contract Number:  
FE0004847; ANR-08-PCO2-003-03; ANR-14-CE01-0008-01; 624382
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; 59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; carbon cycle; climate-change mitigation; microbial ecology

Citation Formats

Trias, Rosalia, Ménez, Bénédicte, le Campion, Paul, Zivanovic, Yvan, Lecourt, Léna, Lecoeuvre, Aurélien, Schmitt-Kopplin, Philippe, Uhl, Jenny, Gislason, Sigurður R., Alfreðsson, Helgi A., Mesfin, Kiflom G., Snæbjörnsdóttir, Sandra Ó., Aradóttir, Edda S., Gunnarsson, Ingvi, Matter, Juerg M., Stute, Martin, Oelkers, Eric H., and Gérard, Emmanuelle. High reactivity of deep biota under anthropogenic CO2 injection into basalt. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01288-8.
Trias, Rosalia, Ménez, Bénédicte, le Campion, Paul, Zivanovic, Yvan, Lecourt, Léna, Lecoeuvre, Aurélien, Schmitt-Kopplin, Philippe, Uhl, Jenny, Gislason, Sigurður R., Alfreðsson, Helgi A., Mesfin, Kiflom G., Snæbjörnsdóttir, Sandra Ó., Aradóttir, Edda S., Gunnarsson, Ingvi, Matter, Juerg M., Stute, Martin, Oelkers, Eric H., & Gérard, Emmanuelle. High reactivity of deep biota under anthropogenic CO2 injection into basalt. United States. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01288-8.
Trias, Rosalia, Ménez, Bénédicte, le Campion, Paul, Zivanovic, Yvan, Lecourt, Léna, Lecoeuvre, Aurélien, Schmitt-Kopplin, Philippe, Uhl, Jenny, Gislason, Sigurður R., Alfreðsson, Helgi A., Mesfin, Kiflom G., Snæbjörnsdóttir, Sandra Ó., Aradóttir, Edda S., Gunnarsson, Ingvi, Matter, Juerg M., Stute, Martin, Oelkers, Eric H., and Gérard, Emmanuelle. Fri . "High reactivity of deep biota under anthropogenic CO2 injection into basalt". United States. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01288-8. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1499988.
@article{osti_1499988,
title = {High reactivity of deep biota under anthropogenic CO2 injection into basalt},
author = {Trias, Rosalia and Ménez, Bénédicte and le Campion, Paul and Zivanovic, Yvan and Lecourt, Léna and Lecoeuvre, Aurélien and Schmitt-Kopplin, Philippe and Uhl, Jenny and Gislason, Sigurður R. and Alfreðsson, Helgi A. and Mesfin, Kiflom G. and Snæbjörnsdóttir, Sandra Ó. and Aradóttir, Edda S. and Gunnarsson, Ingvi and Matter, Juerg M. and Stute, Martin and Oelkers, Eric H. and Gérard, Emmanuelle},
abstractNote = {Basalts are recognized as one of the major habitats on Earth, harboring diverse and active microbial populations. Inconsistently, this living component is rarely considered in engineering operations carried out in these environments. This includes carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies that seek to offset anthropogenic CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by burying this greenhouse gas in the subsurface. Here, we show that deep ecosystems respond quickly to field operations associated with CO2 injections based on a microbiological survey of a basaltic CCS site. Acidic CO2-charged groundwater results in a marked decrease (by ~ 2.5–4) in microbial richness despite observable blooms of lithoautotrophic iron-oxidizing Betaproteobacteria and degraders of aromatic compounds, which hence impact the aquifer redox state and the carbon fate. Host-basalt dissolution releases nutrients and energy sources, which sustain the growth of autotrophic and heterotrophic species whose activities may have consequences on mineral storage.},
doi = {10.1038/s41467-017-01288-8},
journal = {Nature Communications},
issn = {2041-1723},
number = ,
volume = 8,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {10}
}

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