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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 visible animals!

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Cast of characters - Maya Crowbes, Dr. A Beadle, Gray Fischer, Viola DeRama
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Q: Why aren’t thermophiles found in the runoff from power plants?

ACTIVITY 4: Crossing the River (15KB pdf)