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    Diane Dunham, a student assistant at the University of Maine, finds a temperature device that was damaged, probably by the harsh winter weather, while checking a vernal pool in rural Bangor.

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    Carly Eakin, a UMaine doctoral candidate in Wildlife Fisheries and Conservation Biology, right, and Dunham disinfect waders used in one vernal pool before going to another one so they don't transmit possible diseases from one pool to another.

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    Eakin shows a spotted salamander found in a vernal pool in Bangor.

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    This vernal pool next to a Bangor highway and housing development is "way over the top in salinity " according to Eakin. The probable cause is the road salt use during winter.

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    Holding a wood frog egg mass, Eakin describes the metamorphosis of the wood frog in this vernal pool near Bangor that will eventual dry up by the end of the summer.

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    Dunham holds a handful of spotted salamander eggs during a data collection trip to one of many vernal pools in the Bangor area.

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    An individual spotted salamander egg.

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    Eakin wears waders while searching for egg masses and "rafts" filled with eggs.

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