Yellowstone Adventures

Posted by Jim:

The Yellowstone crew is on its way back to AZ now after two intense weeks of sampling and experimentation.  Some of the group participated in wide-ranging sampling of hot springs to characterize the “Extended Redfield Ratio” (i.e. C:N:P:Fe:Mo:Ti:Ni:Zn:etc) in diverse microbiota (photoautotrophs, chemotrophs, etc) in chemically diverse environments. Some amazingly weird conditions (at least for the Elser lab) were encountered, such as water at 98 degrees C and <1 pH.  And >11 pH.    A lot of effort also went into a series of studies to compare N transformations under chemotrophic and phototrophic conditions.  I’ve posted some semi-random pictures on the Flickr site (see the link on the right).

Here’s a picture of yours truly carefully sampling a 80 degree C, pH 2.0 hot spring.  Note the bison supervising in the background.

Here at the Fossil Hills site, we decided to name all the springs sampled after things and characters from Alice in Wonderland. You should see the spring we called "Drink Me".

Here at the Fossil Hills site, we decided to name all the springs sampled after things and characters from Alice in Wonderland. You should see the spring we called "Drink Me".

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