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Contact: Daniel Stolte
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University of Arizona

Stalactites in Kartchner Caverns

Caption: UA scientists have discovered diverse communities of bacteria, fungi and archaea on the surface of Kartchner stalactites that live off of nutrients from the cave drip water and contribute to the growth of the cave formations through calcite precipitation.

Credit: Bob Casavant/Arizona State Park Service

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