Word for Today: Snottites

As heard mentioned on Radio 4: Snottites (SNOT-ites)

Snottites or snotties are colonies of single-celled extremophilic bacteria that hang from the walls and ceilings of caves (similar to small stalactites, but with the consistency of “snot”, or mucous). They digest sulfur compounds in warm water in the cave, and slowly drip down from above. Because of this, they are highly acidic, some with the corrosive properties of battery acid.

Snottites were recently brought to attention by a researcher, Penny Boston, studying them (and other organisms) in a toxic sulfur cave called Cueva De Villa Luiz (Cave of the Lighted House), in Tabasco, Mexico.

…from [en.wikipedia.org] ; see also snottites and [www.nasa.gov] and [www.i-pi.com]

One Reply to “Word for Today: Snottites”

  1. Snotties. Well I am happy to say I have found a very large colony of them, but does anyone know the correct name for snotties or are they still unkown as to type. Those I am finding upon a rock face close to the sea are not in direct sunlight, the Ph is in the range of 5 to 6 quite close to neutral they do have a smell a bit like ‘musty’ stuff now I am wondering if these snotties also exist in soli, does anyone know ?

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