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26 Jun 2012
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Novel water source for endolithic life in the hyperarid core of the Atacama Desert

J. Wierzchos, A. F. Davila, I. M. Sánchez-Almazo, M. Hajnos, R. Swieboda, and C. Ascaso

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Blackford, J. R., Jeffree, C. E., Noake, D. F. J., and Marmo, B. A.: Microstructural evolution in sintered ice particles containing NaCl observed by low-temperature scanning electron microscope, P. I. Mech. Eng. L.-J. Mat., 221, 151–156, 2007.
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