A newly found Atacama Desert soil community survives on sips of fog

Lichens and other fungi and algae unite to form this ‘grit-crust’ on parched soil

Pan de Azúcar National Park

Scientists have discovered a hardy form of biological soil crust that survives on coastal fog in northern Chile. This “grit-crust” creates black and white splotches across the land in Pan de Azúcar National Park (shown).

P. Jung

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