Story: Life in hot springs

Champagne Pool, Waiotapu (1st of 2)

Champagne Pool, Waiotapu

The bright colours at Champagne Pool near Rotorua are caused by trace amounts of arsenic and antimony. These are extracted from the water by sulfur precipitating in the pool. The ridges around the pool are composed of sinter (fine-grained silica). The pool and its margins are teeming with 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