Story: Life in hot springs

Crater lake, White Island (1st of 2)

Crater lake, White Island

This small lake lies in the crater of White Island volcano. The distinctive green is caused by sulfur, along with extremophilic micro-organisms. The water is highly acid, with a pH of about 1, and an elevated temperature of about 50°C.

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Bruce Mountain, 'Life in hot springs - Acidophiles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Bruce Mountain, published 12 Jun 2006