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MARCH 2007
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Sculpted Beauty
Photograph by Frans Lanting

Formed by the symbiotic marriage of a fungus with algae or cyanobacteria, lichens—shown here in the tiny pointillistic details of a rock—create a tough, resilient ecosystem unto themselves that persists long enough to date historic earthquakes.

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