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Chlamydomonas nivalis, commonly called watermelon snow, is a cold loving algea. It causes the snow to melt. Don't eat it unless you're suffering constipation.

Chlamydomonas nivalis, commonly called watermelon snow, is a cold loving algea. It causes the snow to melt. Don't eat it unless you're suffering constipation.

archaea articleThe Midway Geyser Basin at Yellowstone National Park, teeming with colorful archaea and bacteria. Creative Commons Wing-Chi Poon. Click image for license and source.

archaea articleThe Midway Geyser Basin at Yellowstone National Park, teeming with colorful archaea and bacteria. Creative Commons Wing-Chi Poon. Click image for license and source.

This is actually a slice from a flame agate (rock).  It looks like an abstract painting don't you think?

This is actually a slice from a flame agate (rock). It looks like an abstract painting don't you think?

Natural copper. Is it grown by microbes?

Natural copper. Is it grown by microbes?

Using the comparisons to quantify the evolutionary closeness of different species, the researchers have identified Actinobacteria, a group of single membrane bacteria that include common soil and water life forms, as the base of the evolutionary tree.

Using the comparisons to quantify the evolutionary closeness of different species, the researchers have identified Actinobacteria, a group of single membrane bacteria that include common soil and water life forms, as the base of the evolutionary tree.

Gossans, outcroppings, with the smattering of sulfides are realgan, orpiment or cinnabar are good signals for searching the region more closely for gold occurrences and particles.

Gossans, outcroppings, with the smattering of sulfides are realgan, orpiment or cinnabar are good signals for searching the region more closely for gold occurrences and particles.

Tucked beneath the desert in southern Arizona is Kartchner Caverns, a maze of remote, largely uninhabited underground passages and caverns that are cloaked in perpetual darkness. But this seemingly desolate cave system actually plays host to a surprisingly diverse array of microbes that survive underground despite the extreme dearth of light and nutrients, according to a new study.

Tucked beneath the desert in southern Arizona is Kartchner Caverns, a maze of remote, largely uninhabited underground passages and caverns that are cloaked in perpetual darkness. But this seemingly desolate cave system actually plays host to a surprisingly diverse array of microbes that survive underground despite the extreme dearth of light and nutrients, according to a new study.

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