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Cryptobiotic Soil

Cryptobiotic Soil

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PHIL DEGGINGER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PHIL DEGGINGER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Cryptobiotic Soil, Canyonlands, Utah. Biological soil crusts are important components of desert ecosystems. They are a mix of organisms and their metabolic by-products, including cyanobacteria, bacteria, liverworts, green and brown algaes, lichens and fungi. They help plants by stabilizing sand and dirt, preventing erosion, retaining water, and fixing atmospheric nitrogen.

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