I see what you’re getting at, Dr. Farnheid. You wouldn’t expect
to find thermophiles in the runoff from power plants because the water
temperature is never hot enough. However, many manufacturing processes
produce smaller amounts of scalding water and thermophiles could pinpoint
the location and extent of such additions to a water supply. Just think,
Vi! You thought nothing lived in the Firehole River, but these are useful,
as well as interesting living creatures!
I wasn’t talking about bacteria and algae—I was talking about