Scientists now theorize that on Earth, every ecosystem, no matter how extreme, holds diverse populations of microbes — most of which are previously undiscovered. Take a tour of some of the world’s most harsh environments.
Map of Yellowstone Extremeophiles
Mouse over the triangles on the Yellowstone map below to learn about a sampling of Yellowstone’s extremophiles. Moving your mouse over different colors of the triangles gives you either the temperature, pH, or name of the extremophile. The blue section shows the name and image of the extremophile; and the red and yellow sections show the temperature and pH of its environment. Full Screen View
World Map of Extreme Environments
Microbes that live in extreme environments, called extremophiles, are found all over the world. Some of these extremophiles might offer insights into clean and efficient hydrogen production. Click a hotspot on the map to learn more about some of the world’s extremophiles. Full Screen View
Panoramas of Yellowstone Extremeophiles
Below are several 360-degree panoramic images of thermal features in Yellowstone. Use the mouse or arrow keys to pan up, down, left, or right. Use the magnifying lens icon to zoom in or out; use the screen icon to increase the image to full screen. Click on the features with a pink ‘halo’ to find out facts about Yellowstone. Hit escape or click the reduce icon to bring your browser back to normal view.
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Norris Basin is one of the most volatile areas in Yellowstone. It is located at the convergence of 3 sets of faults and therefore has lots of earthquakes. Norris is also the hottest thermal region in Yellowstone and is home to the world’s tallest active geyser —Steamboat Geyser. Full Screen View
Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces
The Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces have been a popular feature in Yellowstone since the early stagecoach routes up the Yellowstone River Valley. The Terraces, first described by the 1871 Hayden Survey, were given the name of White Mountain Hot Spring, even though they were well known and named before then. Full Screen View 1 | Full Screen View 2