Other Life Forms
The hyperdiversity that stems from geo-diversity as well as species migrations from the coast, north, and deserts yield at least 40 times as many fungi and bacteria that occur in the surrounding areas.
The Caves, streams, and rock outcrops highlights microbial diversity – moonmilk, cave slime and biofilms, “desert varnish,” lagoon microbial mats, diatom-covered stream cobbles, and cyanobacteria in marble.
Did You Know?
There is a snail that lives on the marble rock outcrops of Oregon Caves that has adapted to use the calcium from the rock to make its shell.