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From its tactile consistency, resembling nasal mucous ("snot" in colloquial english).
Although it resembles a mineral name, this is really a semi-serious term invented in 1986 and used by microbiologists, geologists and cave explorers for organic speleothems - bacterial stalactites and biofilms that excrete sulphuric acid, pH 1 to 0, and play a big role in cave formation, especially in volcanic environments where native sulphur or pyrite are present, but also in limestone caves where a source of sulphur or hydrogen sulphide is present (eg: from gypsum or hydrocarbons), and as a post-mining growth in deep wet mines. Snottites can be composed of anywhere from ten to over 1,000 species of microbes, and may contain native sulphur and gypsum crystals too.

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Stings horribly if accidentally rubbed into the eyes.

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Environmental Microbiology, 9, #6, 1402-1414 (2007)

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  • Southern Region
    • Rangárþing eystra
Frank deWit - http://www.strahlen.org/forum/index.php/topic,1871.msg93019/topicseen.html#new
  • Marche
    • Ancona Province
      • Genga
Macalady, J.L., Jones, D.S., and Lyon, E.H. (2007) Extremely acidic, pendulous cave wall biofilms from the Frasassi cave system, Italy. Environmental Microbiology, 9, 6, 1402-1414.
  • Tabasco
    • Tapihualapa
  • Wales
    • Isle of Anglesey
      • Amlwch
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