the beauty of high temperature life and ecology in
Yellowstone National Park.
There is so much to know and so much to find out about the extreamophiles in Yellowstone National Park.
Since the discovery of Thermus aquaticus
in 1969 a universe of interest has surrounded the life forms that
survive - even thrive at very high temperatures. At the time that
Thomas C. Brock and Hudson Freeze reported the new life form, it was
thought that only a few organisms could survive at high temperatures
above about 130F.
Since its discovery, interest has spread and much has
been learned. The scientific community has devoured the subject with relish.
Only recently has this knowledge crept into the popular mind. As people
learn of the extreme conditions of life at 175F they want to know more.
It's fascinating and awe inspiring. It is a concept that is wondrous
Questions are asked: "What do
they eat?" - "How big are they?" - "Where are they?" - "How do they do
it?" - "What do they look like?"
are as fascinating as the organisms. I would like to help answer the
last question above. As I travel in Yellowstone I am drawn to their
colors and patterns and diverse images that they etch on my eye. I take
some snapshots and present a few of them here.