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Prokaryotic diversity pattern in high‐altitude ecosystems of the Chilean Altiplano

Authors
  • Cecilia, Demergasso
  • Cristina, Dorador
  • Daniela, Meneses
  • Jenny, Blamey
  • Nathalie Cabrol
  • Lorena, Escudero
  • Guillermo, Chong
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences
Publication Date
May 31, 2010
Volume
115
Issue
G2
Source
SETI Institute
License
Unknown

Abstract

[1] The Chilean Altiplano is the westernmost part of a large volcanic-sedimentary plateau in the central Andes. High solar irradiance and rapid increase of temperature have contributed to make it a hot spot of global climatic change. In this study, we describe microbial diversity in the summit lake of the Simba volcano (5,870 m) and the evaporitic basins of Salar de Aguas Calientes (4,200 m) and Laguna Lejía (4,325 m) using both culture and culture-independent methods. The results obtained were analyzed together with ...

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