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Lichens are composite organisms comprising a fungal partner and a different photosynthetic organism (usually a cyanobacterium or algae), that exist together in a symbiotic relationship. I came across these lichens on the Northumbrian coast and was drawn to them by the way that they seemed to resemble a planet as seen from space. They have created their own geographies on the rocks, and like we have done, generated borders and demarcation zones.

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