Microbial Communities of High-Elevation Fumaroles, Penitentes, and Dry Tephra “Soils” of the Puna de Atacama Volcanic Zone

  title={Microbial Communities of High-Elevation Fumaroles, Penitentes, and Dry Tephra “Soils” of the Puna de Atacama Volcanic Zone},
  author={Adam J. Solon and Lara Vimercati and John L. Darcy and Pablo Ar{\'a}n and Dorota L. Porazinska and Cristina Dorador and Mar{\'i}a Eugenia Far{\'i}as and Steven K. Schmidt},
  journal={Microbial Ecology},
The aim of this study was to understand the spatial distribution of microbial communities (18S and 16S rRNA genes) across one of the harshest terrestrial landscapes on Earth. We carried out Illumina sequencing using samples from two expeditions to the high slopes (up to 6050 m.a.s.l.) of Volcán Socompa and Llullaillaco to describe the microbial communities associated with the extremely dry tephra compared to areas that receive water from fumaroles and ice fields made up of nieves penitentes… 
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