Are stones alive?


Bus Stop: Maria-Theresien-Straße  

Frau Hitt loses her life through petrification, but is the rock on the Nordkette really dead? Astonishingly, it’s not. If you look closely, you can discover a variety of life forms with special capabilities: bacteria, archaea, fungi, algae and lichens live on the surface or in small crevices and cavities of the rock and are thereby responsible for biological weathering. The Institute of Microbiology at the University of Innsbruck is investigating the role of these organisms in weathering and soil formation in high alpine regions.

   Faculty of Biology

Photo: © Renate Sonnleitner 2019

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