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Notable Extremophiles

An extremophile is an organism that thrives in physically or geochemically extreme conditions that are detrimental to most life on Earth.

The connection belongs to Ecology connections.

Connected Sites

  • Dolomites: cryptoendoliths (colonizes structural cavities within porous rocks, including spaces produced and vacated by euendoliths)
  • Fertö/Neusiedlersee: Neusiedlersee: halophiles (organisms that thrive in environments with very high concentrations of salt)
  • Galapagos Islands: Pompeii worm (an extremophile found only at hydrothermal vents in the Pacific Ocean) - wiki Link
  • Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers: extremophilic ciliated protozoa at the Valley of Flowers (live in sulphur spring) Link
  • Volcanoes of Kamchatka: The Uzon caldera is a location of the occurrence of extremophile micro-organisms due to its high localized temperatures (wiki) Link
  • Western Ghats: extremophilic ciliated protozoa in Silent Valley Link
  • Yellowstone: acidophiles (thrive under highly acidic conditions (usually at pH 2.0 or below)), cryptoendoliths, hyperthermophiles (thrives in extremely hot environments from 60 degrees C)


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