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Revealed: The bacteria eating the ground from under our feet

It is no wonder the roads of Scunthorpe are peppered with potholes.

That is because boffins have revealed residents in the town are having the ground eaten from under their feet by greedy bacteria.

Scunthorpe is built on tonnes of iron ore that experts believe could supply the steel-making industry for 50 years.

But scientists say a newly-discovered bacteria called Friopolla is feasting on the ore.

Now experts from the Geology Society say the ore will be eaten away in 20 years.

The rust is home to a host of micro-organisms from which Friopolla was isolated and found to be the one eating the iron.

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