This journal account explains how the Dry Valleys of Antartica, which appear to be lifeless, actually do harbor some life, such as moss and lichens, algae, nematodes, and at least one species of insect. A brief description, with photos, of mummies found in the valleys tells how animals such as seals and penguins wander into the interior, die, and are preserved by the cold, dry climate. There are also photos and a short description of Blood Falls, huge red markings on an outcrop of Taylor Galcier, and Don Juan Pond, a small pond so salty that it remains at least partially unfrozen even when temperatures fall to -50 degrees Celsius.


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