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Microbial Life in the Hot Pool

Microbial Life in the Hot Pool
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Monera
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-24
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-28 3:20
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Points: 26
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Microbial Life in the Champagne Pool at Wai-O-Tapu

Champagne Pool is one of New Zealand’s largest terrestrial hot springs and is rich in arsenic ions and compounds. It is a prominent geothermal feature within the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal area in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand.

The name Champagne Pool is derived from the abundant efflux of carbon dioxide (CO2), similar to a glass of bubbling champagne.

The hot spring was formed 900 years ago by a hydrothermal eruption, which makes it in geological terms a relatively young system. Its crater is around 65 m (210 ft) in diameter with a maximum depth of approximately 62 m (200 ft) and is filled with an estimated volume of 50,000 m3 (1,800,000 cu ft) of geothermal fluid.

These are Silicified Microbial islands with a sulphur base found around the rim of the Champagne Pool. The microbes feed off the sulphur, always racing against time before the silica entombs and fossilises them.

The alkali-chloride water splashes over the miocrobes and coats them in silica. They look very much like stalagmites growing out of the ware and are about 15mm high.

Quoting “Wikipaedia”

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To roges: Not a seascapeJanice 1 04-29 17:59
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Hello Janice! Excellent shot. Good contrast and perfect sharpness. Original work. Well done!

Hi Janice,

What a great capture, that rust colours makes a perfect backdrop to the miocrobes, the detail is amazing, excellent composition, lovely work, t.f.s

Rick :)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-04-28 4:42]

Hi Janice!

Looks very tasty for me, must be very good with mustard! Yes, I'm very hungry now :-)

Very interesting post, maybe not so showy, but with TN's spirit. I like colour of water and underwater rocks. Interesting note.

Good to see new photo from you, my friend! I hope everything is ok. Spring is here so days are busy with walking to parks and taking photos :-)

Hi Janice!

Beside the biological interest of your picture it also looks pretty well! I like the colours and the shapes that create a pleasant artistic effect very much. Your short and instructive notes are very interesting, too.

Many thanks and kind regards


Superb shot, Janice.this is perfect, for a shot, but really enlightening to someone that knows little about things like this.
Thanks for sharing this.

Surely quite an interesting incidence of thermophileus microbial creatures in vibrant colours, not frequently seen in TN, or anywhere else Janice, TFS indeed this rare occurrence my friend.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-04-28 18:44]

Hi Janice,
Your thumbnail sure drew my attention.
My curiosity was definitely peaked.
I like the fine details and the brilliant orange.
Wonderful palette of textures.
It looks like a piece of abstract art.
TFS. : )

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-04-29 5:01]
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Hi Janice !

An interesting image. A seascape particularly in May.
I like the colors very much the contrast offered by them.
Interesting description provided. Congratulations.
Have a good day,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-04-29 9:53]

Merhaba Janice,
renkler ve detaylar çok güzel olmuş.

Hi Janice,

Awesome example of nature's chemistry. I've never visited the Champayne pool but I've heard it's impressive. Vibrant colour and good sharpness. Tfs.


Hi Janice,
A nice capture showing the Microbial Life in hot pools. Sharp details and very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Amazing light and shadow. Perfect contrast. Wonderful capture.
Best wishes,

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2009-12-29 6:53]

Hello Janice,
Creative work of nature desing. Nice composition with microbian creatures. Perfect colors, light and reflections.

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