Story: Life in hot springs

Spicule (3rd of 3)

Spicule

Shown here is the beginning of a spicular growth in a sample from Champagne Pool. The filamentous micro-organisms prefer to grow on the top of the spicule. This becomes covered by a layer of amorphous silica. More micro-organisms grow on top, and the alternating process of inorganic–organic growth keeps repeating.

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Bruce Mountain, 'Life in hot springs - Sinter', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6473/spicule (accessed 29 October 2020)

Story by Bruce Mountain, published 12 Jun 2006