Story: Life in hot springs

Piece of cyanobacterial mat (2nd of 2)

Piece of cyanobacterial mat

A portion of microbial mat from Waikite, near Rotorua, growing at a temperature of about 60°C. The top of the mat is composed of a white layer of extracellular polysaccharides. Below this is are orange bacteria, and further below are layers of green cyanobacteria.

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GNS Science, Extremophile photo collection
Reference: DCP_0562
Photograph by Duncan Graham

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Bruce Mountain, 'Life in hot springs - Thermophiles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by Bruce Mountain, published 12 Jun 2006