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This Cryptic Underwater Maze Holds Life That Survives on Methane

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John Pohlman and David Brankovits dive into underwater caves to study organisms that feast on methane in total darkness. Plummet into a labyrinth of sinkholes and tunnels in the Yucatan Peninsula and see what it takes to collect untapped data.

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