Global Consequences of the Microbial Production and Consumption of Inorganic and Organic Sulfur Compounds
This chapter is a very brief outline of the consequences of the activities of microorganisms such as (1) the sulfate-reducing and sulfur-oxidizing bacteria, (2) bacteria able to metabolize the complex organosulfur compounds found in oil and coal, (3) the organisms that produce dimethylsulfide in the oceans, and (4) the effects that the activities of these organisms may have on the Earth over geological and human timescales. It is a short overview that aims to provide links into the huge literature on all of these topics.
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