Recreating the colors of Yellowstone's Hot Springs

December 20, 2014 5:19 PM

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Yellowstone National Park is known for its geothermal activity including geysers and colorful hot springs. The source of the color has long been understood and is explained by the microbial populations present in the springs. In a recent study researchers have create a simple, yet powerful mathematical model which they used to recreate Yellowstone’s hot springs.

With temperatures of the hot springs in Yellowstone National Park able to climb to 190 degrees Fahrenheit, one would not expect to find life in these springs. Yet, not only do a host of microbes live in the springs, they also thrive under the extreme conditions. Microbes suited to these conditions i...

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