Story: Life in hot springs

Fibrous silica from Wairākei

Fibrous silica from Wairākei

This underwater photograph, taken in the waste-water drain at the Wairākei geothermal power station, shows thick growths of fibrous silica in the 60°C water. The shape of these growths is due to long filamentous bacteria.

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GNS Science, Extremophile photo collection
Reference: DCP_1594
Photograph by Duncan Graham

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Bruce Mountain, 'Life in hot springs - Thermophiles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 May 2022)

Story by Bruce Mountain, published 12 Jun 2006