Story: Life in hot springs

Microbial mats (1st of 2)

Microbial mats

These slimy mats are in the hot springs at Ōrākei Kōrako. They are made of cyanobacteria surrounded by a gelatinous material that holds them together. A thin film of warm water covers the mats and keeps them moist. The bubbles are produced by the bacteria during photosynthesis. Some insects are also dependent on the mat for nourishment.

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GNS Science, Extremophile photo collection
Reference: DCP_1363
Photograph by Duncan Graham

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How to cite this page:

Bruce Mountain, 'Life in hot springs - Thermophiles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6458/microbial-mats (accessed 5 August 2020)

Story by Bruce Mountain, published 12 Jun 2006