Story: Life in hot springs

Hot spring with cyanobacteria

A clear spring escapes from a vent on the Rainbow Fault at Ōrākei Kōrako. There are grey sinter deposits in the splash zone. Orange cyanobacteria grow where water temperature is reduced to about 60°C, changing to a green variety in lower temperatures downstream. This video was made in March 2004.

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

Story by Bruce Mountain, published 12 Jun 2006