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        Mineral Transformations: Demystifying Microbes | Smithsonian Science How

        Find out how microscopic organisms are a solution to pollution. Meet Dr. Cara Santelli, geologist at the National Museum of Natural History. She studies the relationship between minerals and microbes, such as bacteria and fungi. Marvel at how microbes can help clean up metal pollutants from old coal mines. Take a journey from Pennsylvania coal mines to an X-ray diffraction lab. Find out how microbes are little machines for mineral transformations. Understand how microbes are essential to the health of our natural environment.

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