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There are many small ponds and lakes at Cape Evans, similar to Cape Royds . After a quick survey of the ponds, we concentrated on five ponds for sampling. We sampled for morphological, DNA- and RNA-based analysis of the cyanobacterial diversity, as well as nutrient analysis of the water.

 

In one pond we found a pink coloured layer at the bottom of the mats, which is due to the presence of purple bacteria that  are anoxygenic phototrophs.


 



Cyanobacterial mats in Skua Lake

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Large cyanobacterial mat accumulations

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Cyanobacterial mat with a pink layer of purpil bacteria  at the bottom



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Water sampling at a small pond at Cape Evans


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