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Borax Lake Chub

OPB | Feb. 1, 2007 12:30 p.m.

Mineral build up with the consistency of corroded concrete creates a natural bowl on the Alvord desert floor holding a very special and interesting lake in place. With temperatures upwards of 100 degrees and water concentrated with arsenic and lead, Borax Lake is a chemical soup uninhabitable by most types of aquatic life. Meet a tiny fish, the Borax Lake Chub, that has managed to survive in these incredibly harsh conditions.

First Broadcast: 2007
Producer: Newman

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