Bacteria as miners

The ability of chemoautotrophic bacteria to take energy from the oxidation of inorganic compounds is used to extract ores. The micro-organism most commonly used is the Thiobacillus ferrooxidans, a bacterium that usually lives in sulphur-rich environments. This micro-organism feeds on ores and release the metals they contain

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