"The cave system sits above a large pocket of volcanic magma and is geothermally-heated to temperatures of up to 60C, which has led to astrobiologists dubbing it 'hell'.
"Most life could not survive there but scientists have discovered some organisms have evolved to feed on the sulphides, iron, manganese or copper oxide in the cave."
No link on the quotes above as I discovered - to my horror! - that it was the Daily Fucking Telegraph, so durned if I'm going to respond to their clickbait Pop Science piece by giving them even 0.05 of a penny more in click-through-revenue.
Instead, I'd like you to imagine some hitherto-unknown varieties of metal-feeding microform emerging from their aeons-old crystalline hive to wreck havoc on Torygraph readers, their hip-replacements and our understanding of how life evolved on this planet.
Kudos to the Telegruff, through, for dumbing down and using the word 'Weird' in the article header so that people under 60 might actually click on the piece. The Mail would probably refer to these bacteria as 'tawdry' or 'gaudy' or 'BBC luvvies' or something...
"Around 100 different bugs, which were mostly bacteria..." What were the rest of them, then, huh, Science Editor? Or is it just too complicated for your readership?
I'll see if I can find something on an Open Science site, or via NASA (If they're not too busy building military space-planes with DARPA).
Meanwhile, I'm day-dreamin' about E E 'Doc' Smithesque microorganisms with weird (shit, now you even got me doing it!) rhombic forms that can chow down on manganese...