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Biological Soil Crust

Caption: Biological soil crusts -- or communities of microorganisms that grow on the surface of the soil when there is no plant cover -- are key in protecting the soil from erosion and providing an environment where other microbes can thrive.

Credit: Estelle Couradeau

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