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December 20, 2010

Disappearing Red Shrimp

Molecular biologist Scott Santos and his team at Auburn University are studying an unusual and endangered ecosystem in Hawaii called Anchialine pools, as well as one of the ecosystem's legendary creatures--a tiny red shrimp. A threatened ecosystem, Anchialine pools are inland lava depressions found near the ocean that feed off fresh water aquifers. Little is known about the creatures and plants that live in these brackish waters, but a number of the lava pools are being destroyed by invasive species and development. Santos hopes his research will help save the pools before they totally disappear.

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