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Unformatted text preview: Because of their depth, salt, and other sediments/chemicals, there is very little light that penetrates them. http://news.softpedia.com/news/Brine-Lakes-Lie-Under-the-Ocean-Waters-94299.shtml What kind of ecosystem is associated with these lakes? Fish, crabs, or other large creatures cannot live in these conditions. However, researchers have found large colonies of microbes. Matter a fact, some brine pools have at least a hundred times more microbes than the water layers around them. Sometimes, mussels surround these lakes and feed on them. http://www.scienceandthesea.org/index.php? option=com_content&task=view&id=339&Itemid=10 What makes them so interesting? Despite the fact that there is barely any oxygen and that many creatures we associate with the sea do not live there, life still managed to find a way to thrive in such a hostile environment within the waters....
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