Salt-loving nuclear-waste bacteria

Salt-loving nuclear-waste bacteria

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Credit: LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Salt-loving nuclear-waste bacteria. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a group of unidentified bacteria that thrive in high-salt, high-radioactivity conditions. Rod-shaped bacteria are coloured red; yellow particles of plutonium- 239 are seen on the surface of the bacteria. These halophilic (salt-loving) bacteria live deep under- ground in brines trapped in salt beds in New Mexico. It is here that a nuclear waste isolation pilot plant (WIPP) is located. These extremophile bacteria not only survive extreme salt concen- trations, but are unaffected by radioactive elements. Magnification: x1650 at 6x4.5cm size.

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Keywords: bacteria, bacterial, bacteriology, bacterium, extremophile bacteria, extremophiles, haloophile, halophile bacteria, micro-organisms, microbe, microbes, microbiology, nuclear waste bacteria, plutonium, plutonium and bacteria, radiation and bacteria, salt, salt-tolerant bacteria, scanning electron micrograph, sem, underground bacteria

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