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Scientists find active community at Earth's deepest spot

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Scientists said Sunday they had discovered an unexpectedly large and active community of single-cell organisms living on the Pacific sea floor at the deepest site on Earth. 

The sun rises over the Pacific ocean as seen from Kailua, Hawaii, on December 28, 2009. Scientists said Sunday they had discovered an unexpectedly large and active community of single-cell organisms living on the Pacific sea floor at the deepest site on Earth.

The "surprisingly active" community of microbes exists about 11 kilometres (seven miles) below sea level in the Mariana Trench, one of the world's most inaccessible places, some 200 miles southwest of the Pacific island of Guam.

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