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Mono Lake provides a biological environment that is even more exotic than its fascinating tufa limestone formations. The implications are literally cosmic, as summarized in recent articles:

NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical
"Researchers conducting tests in the harsh environment of Mono Lake in California have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic. The microorganism substitutes arsenic for phosphorus in its cell components."

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