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Science | Environment | Oregon Field Guide

Ice Crawlers

Two Oregon scientists discover two new species of ice crawlers, an extremophile that lives in and under snow fields. Researchers from OSU have found them living in the Cascades near Belknap Crater and near Corvallis up high on Marys Peak. The caramel colored insects look a bit like earwigs and thrive in a very limited temperature range right around the freezing point.

Oregon State Arthropod Collection
Conservation Biology of Ice Crawlers
Robert Krulwich Wonders about Grylloblattids
Producer - Vince Patton
Editor & Videographer - Michael Bendixen
Videographer - Todd Sonflieth

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Disappearing Lake; Ice Crawlers; Mushrooms (2506)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #2506
Most Recent Broadcast: November 14, 2013