Notable Extremophiles

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

Connected Sites

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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
Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers extremophilic ciliated protozoa at the Valley of Flowers (live in sulphur spring)
Sagarmatha National Park ... the Himalayan jumping spider, is a small jumping spider that lives at elevations of up to 6,700 m (22,000 ft) in the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, making it a candidate for the highest known permanent resident on Earth (wiki)
Volcanoes of Kamchatka The Uzon caldera is a location of the occurrence of extremophile micro-organisms due to its high localized temperatures (wiki)
Western Ghats extremophilic ciliated protozoa in Silent Valley
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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