Any of a diverse group of bacteria that are capable of metabolizing sulfur and its compounds and are important in the sulfur cycle. Members of the genus Thiobacillus, widespread in marine and terrestrial habitats, react with sulfur to produce sulfates useful to plants; in deep ground deposits they generate sulfuric acid, which dissolves metals in mines and corrodes concrete and steel. Desulfovibrio desulficans reduces sulfates in waterlogged soils and sewage to hydrogen sulfide, a gas with the common rotten-egg odour.
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Sulfur crystals from Sicily (greatly enlarged)
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Brimstone is an alternate name for sulfur and may also refer to:
MBDA Eyes Additional Non-Armor Targets For Brimstone.(Brimstone anti-armor missile trials)(International Pages)(Brief Article)
Jun 03, 2002; By Kerry Gildea STEVENAGE, England--Having completed ground firing trials on the brimstone anti-armor missile, MBDA...