When you hike through the scrubland or desert, look carefully at the land surface and its plant and animal life. There's a good chance you'll see cryptobiotic soil crust. It's easy to overlook, but it plays an important role in nature.

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Note: All photographs taken with a digital camera in Arizona and Utah.
Developed by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 04/02.