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Scientists Finding Strange Life Forms in Great Salt Lake

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Ivan Seeking
Jun3-04, 11:44 PM
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A consortium of scientists, including a Utah biologist, say some weird creatures found in the Great Salt Lake might help unravel some of the mysteries on Mars.

Though the Great Salt Lake is a dead sea - drying up even more this year from years of drought - it's far from dead. On the northern arm of the lake microbiologists from Westminster College in Salt Lake have been taking samples of water.

With levels now at a 30-year low, the salt in portions of the shrinking lake has reached saturation levels ten times the salinity of seawater. Westminster, the University of Maryland and George Mason University are not only finding life where life shouldn't exist, but life, perhaps like nothing of this earth. Instead of the rods, spheres and spiral shapes microbiologists are familiar with, they're seeing organisms shaped like pyramids, triangles, squares and crescents. [continued]
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I wish that came with a picture of the organisms
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The pictures might be classified until more information on the organisms is found. Or maybe they only saw the organisms and haven't taken pictures yet. Some fish are know to be photo-sensitive, which causes problems to when they are exposed to camera flashes or light in general.

Dayle Record
Jun9-04, 02:58 PM
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Scientists Finding Strange Life Forms in Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake is truly a phenomenon. Visually it is like no other place the variety and beauty of moods and so forth makes it a photographer's treasure trove. Here is a link to that research. There are some pics, but I bet if you emailed there they would let you look.

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