Snottites,Cueva de Villa Luz, Mexico

Snottites,Cueva de Villa Luz, Mexico

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Credit: Peter Lane Taylor, VISUALS UNLIMITED /SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Snottites. These stalactite-like formations are made from biofilms of extremophilic bacteria. They have a mucus-like consistency, hence the common name. The bacteria metabolise sulphur compounds for energy, producing very acidic byproducts. Photographed in Cueva de Villa Luz, Tapijulapa, Tabasco State, Mexico.

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