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Illume Research Log - Entry 23
We’ve recently been exploring the network of caves near base camp and we have stumbled upon an incredible wonder. Turns out Illume has a species of glow worm very similar to the kind found back on earth, except instead of silk these worms spin strings almost identical in composition to fiber optic strands. However, the worms appear to be long extinct as evidence by all the fossils we have found. The peculiar thing is that high levels of electromagnetism present in the surrounding rocks seem to be keeping the bioluminescent proteins in the strands alive.
Our guess is that these strings have been glowing for decades, and will continue to illuminate these massive caverns for many years to come.
We are scheduled to venture to the flooded forests tomorrow to collect soil samples.
This planet never ceases to amaze me.
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