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Threatened Mexican oasis loses its main researcher and protector — will it survive?

Aerial of Cuatro Ciénegas wetland pools.

The Cuatro Ciénegas basin, in the Chihuahuan Desert in northern Mexico, holds more than 300 blue-green pools filled with bacteria and archaea. Credit: David Jaramillo

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Nature 620, 255-256 (2023)


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  • Clarification 31 July 2023: This story was updated to make clear that NASA funded researchers such as James Elser, who was at Arizona State University in Tempe in the 1990s, to study Cuatro Ciénegas.


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