Snottites

Snottites

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Credit: THIERRY BERROD, MONA LISA PRODUCTION/ 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.

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