My Day Job

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I’m here in Mexico, Cuatro Ciénegas to be exact, one of my favorite places.

A place I have spent some time looking at the mountains and thinking for almost six years.

It’s a valley.

It’s a desert.

It’s an oasis.

There are things here that are found nowhere else.

There are about twenty five of us, from several nations, here to investigate nature; the fishes, the plants, the animals, and last but not least, tiny little microscopic creatures. Permits in hand, we have been at it for about a week now and have only about 2 days left to go.

This is my day job.

I thought you might like to see science, in the field, real time, in a real place.

Guess what this is?

They are big balls of bacteria, millions of them, a community of them in fact, and because they live in hard water, they make these rocks that surround their little bodies that look just like coral, but aren’t. Cool, huh?

We dive with our snorkels and pick them up and then we start the experiments.