Life at High Temperatures




Life at High Temperatures

by Thomas D. Brock

© 1994 Yellowstone Association for Natural Science, History & Education, Inc. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.
 
Table of Contents

Yellowstone's Hidden Biological Resources

Colorful Yellowstone

Kinds of Hot Springs

Origins of Thermal Features

A Microbial Mat

Up the Temperature Gradient

Bacteria in Boiling Water

Bacteria in Acid Hot Springs

The Upper Temperature for Life

The Thermal Areas in Winter

Animal Life in Hot Springs

Plants and Hot Springs

Algae in Acid Hot Springs

Life and Death at Low pH

The Firehole River

Deadly Yellowstone

Biotechnology in Yellowstone
 

Life at High Temperatures, by Thomas D. Brock, is published in booklet form by the Yellowstone Association for Natural Science, History & Education, Inc.

© 1994 Yellowstone Association for Natural Science, History & Education, Inc. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.

All photographs by Thomas D. Brock except as indicated.

The author acknowledges the advice and comments on the manuscript from M.T. Madigan, R.W. Castenholz, Katherine M. Brock, and the interpretive staff of Yellowstone National Park.



The author sampling along the Yellowstone River (1964)


Thomas D. Brock is E.B. Fred Professor of Natural Sciences-Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. in botany and microbiology from Ohio State University. Since the mid-1960s, he has done field research in Yellowstone and from 1966-1975 maintained a laboratory at West Yellowstone, Montana. With numerous students and postdoctoral associates, he has carried out a wide range of research studies on the biology and geochemistry of Yellowstone thermal systems. He is the author or co-author of over 250 research papers and over 20 books, including Thermophilic Microorganisms and Life at High Temperatures (1978), which describes his research work in Yellowstone.
 
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