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Silica Sinters in Geothermal Environments

Silica sinter occurs around many hot springs worldwide, including those in New Zealand, and contain a host of extremophilic microorganisms.

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  • Growth of biomarkers in silica deposts: examining preserved lipids to identify the types of microbes that were present in old sinter samples, and the physical and chemical conditions operating when the sinters were formed.
  • Growth of silica sinters: Laboratory and field studies which investigate extremophilic microbes influence the textural development of silica sinters.