crusts have been observed growing in undisturbed soils around the tracks, but 60 years later, the crusts are still absent from the tracks themselves.
at 17, 21 (describing ecosystem functions of the cryptobiotic
crust and noting that the "fragile architecture of the cryptobiotic
soil crust is easily disturbed--tank tracks made in California's Mojave Desert by Gen.
Awareness of cryptobiotic soil is common in canyon country.
Perhaps the BLM might benefit from more of its own: "If you don't know what cryptobiotic soil crust looks like, ask someone to point it out
Terrestrial species occur in mosses, lichens, liverworts, and leaf litter, and are renowned for their ability to enter a cryptobiotic
state (anhydrobiosis) in response to desiccation.
When they next encounter moisture, they can come back to life in just a few hours; tardigrades can survive in this cryptobiotic
state for a few decades.
1985 Behavior of the cryptobiotic
predaceous ant Eurhopalothrix heliscata, n.
On the trail out, we teach the "small things do big things" theme by pointing out the importance of cryptobiotic
soil in the healthy maintenance of our local ecosystems, further embellishing the site and trail etiquette concepts.
In many places, where no cattle, hikers, or off-road vehicles have churned the landscape, a fragile crust of cryptobiotic
organisms covers the land.
He adds that those areas are often covered by a delicate cryptobiotic
crust that protects the desert from erosion, and for which a hole is anything but beneficial.