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French green clays in pots, bottles and soap on a counter

Are the best medicines hidden in the Earth? French green clays are used for healing Buruli ulcers.

Credit: Thierry Brunet de Courssou


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Open pit near Crater Lake, Oregon, showing blue clay sampled by scientist Keith Morrison.

Open pit #10 near Crater Lake, Ore., showing blue clay sampled by scientist Keith Morrison.

Credit: Stan Williams


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Blue and white clay zones in an Oregon deposit, separated by a vein of rock containing sulfur.

Blue and white clay zones in the Oregon deposit, separated by a vein of rock containing sulfur.

Credit: Lynda Williams


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Nodule of Oregon blue clay, coated with red clay and sulfur crystals encased in white clay.

Nodule of Oregon blue clay, coated with red clay and sulfur crystals encased in white clay.

Credit: Lynda Williams


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Biogeochemist Keith Morrison sampling an outcrop of blue clay in the Oregon deposit.

Biogeochemist Keith Morrison sampling an outcrop of blue clay in the Oregon deposit.

Credit: Lynda Williams


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Scientist Lynda Williams at the computer in a lab

Scientist Lynda Williams imaging clay interactions with bacteria under a microscope.

Credit: Thierry Brunet de Courssou


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