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Sediment from deep hypersaline anoxic basins

Mud Pie, Anyone?

Konstantinos Kormas (left) from the University of Thessaly and Colin Morrison, an undergraduate at the University of Nevada, Reno, collect sediment scooped from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea by the remotely operated vehicle Jason. During this 2011 cruise aboard R/V Atlantis, an international team led by WHOI researchers Virginia Edgcomb and Joan Bernhard looked for signs of life in the water and sediments in and around super-salty, low-oxygen basins on the seafloor. The basins are among the harshest habitats on Earth and require unusual adaptations in the organisms that live there. (Photo by Cherie Winner, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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