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Living on The Edge: Brine Pool Organisms

Deep on the ocean’s floor, there exist lakes of salty brine, formed from salt seeping out from deposits underlying the seafloor, saturating pools to such an extent that they refuse to mix with the surrounding water. The salinity of these pools is so great that they are toxic to most sea life, but certain highly adapted chemosynthetic organisms that have found ways to survive and even thrive on the shores of these undersea lakes.

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