Cave microfauna and C & O Production

A snippet of information learned from reading C. L. Kervran’s book ‘Biological Transmutations’ and a description of a systematic investigation of cave microfauna, published in the March 1966 number of Science et Avenir:

Specimens of Niphargus (a species of shrimp 15mm long living in the clay of the caves) lived for considerably long times kept in tanks containing clay and without any external food supplies.  The shrimps lived in a symbiotic relationship with autotrophic and anaerobic bacteria with  both microfauna emitting CO2.

Since neither could extract carbon from air, where therefore did the carbon come from? 

The answer lay in the autotrophic bacteria (silicobacteria) breaking down the silica of the clay into C + O. 

The general biological transmutation of Si := C + O is not factored into any existing carbon cycle model and may explain why the climate changers are having difficulty explaining the poor track record of their climate models and hence prophecies.

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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