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Stromatolites in Nettle Cave,part of Janolan Caves system
Australia

The humidity in the cave keeps the bacteria alive. There is some evidence that the craybacks at Jenolan may be between 20,000 and 100,000 years old.

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Copyright: Ivan Aliverti
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 6308x3154
Taken: 03/02/2010
Uploaded: 19/05/2010
Updated: 04/03/2015
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Tags: australia; jenolan caves; nettle cave; blue mountains; caves; stromatolites
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