Kōrero: Life in hot springs

Micro-organisms, Champagne Pool (1 o 3)

Micro-organisms, Champagne Pool

This close-up shows the edge of Champagne Pool in the Waiotapu thermal region, south of Rotorua. The pool has a water temperature of about 75°C. The orange material is sulfur (containing small amounts of arsenic and antimony), which has precipitated underwater onto thermophilic micro-organisms. The small, conical objects are called spicules. These are formed by numerous layers of micro-organisms that have become encased in fine-grained silica deposited from the cooling water. The blue-green patches are cyanobacteria and algae.

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GNS Science, Extremophile photo collection
Reference: DCP_0582
Photograph by Bruce Mountain

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Bruce Mountain, 'Life in hot springs - Sinter', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/6471/micro-organisms-champagne-pool (accessed 21 October 2021)

He kōrero nā Bruce Mountain, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006