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Lake Clifton thrombolites

With their conservation now under control, the thrombolites present an opportunity to view life as it appeared during the Archaean eon of the Earth’s history. The Archaean happened between 3.8 and 2.5 billion years ago, meaning the Lake Clifton thrombolites provide a unique window into our distant past. Our thrombolites are only a measly 2000 years old, but they are directly descended from the earliest known life forms on Earth. They once dominated the shallow Archaean seas, though today only survive in a handful of Earth’s special places.

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Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

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  • Uploaded on February 2, 2013
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    by Cindy Breen
    • Taken on 2013/01/30 14:20:00
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/13.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO320
    • Exposure Bias: -0.67 EV
    • No flash