Story: Life in hot springs

Acid hot spring, Rotokawa

Acid hot spring, Rotokawa

This hot spring at Rotokawa, near Taupō, is highly acidic. In the past it was assumed that nothing could survive there, but it is now known that such an environment is home to distinctive microbial life.

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GNS Science, Extremophile photo collection
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Photograph by Bruce Mountain

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Bruce Mountain, 'Life in hot springs - Extremophiles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2022)

Story by Bruce Mountain, published 12 Jun 2006