We have slowly been adding more pictures of New Zealand to our photo album. The problem is that the internet at our condo crashes about once an hours for about 2 seconds, which is just long enough to screw up the process of uploading pictures. So it’s slow, but you can continue here. Click “next” for more new ones, “back” to see the old ones.
Mr. D April 12, 2005
You’ve lost some weight since I saw you last. A nice batch of pictures from NZ. Looking forward to reading some more of your articles when I get the chance. Kudos to Schneidah for sending this link to me. Meanwhile, how are the locals reacting to The Shrieking Kruschevs? If you get the chance, send an email with a return address so future communications may be viewed in private.
Tom April 13, 2005
Hi Mr. D. Nice to hear from you. You email will be sent forthwith!
Jeff April 13, 2005
After visiting Yellowstone last spring, I should know why there are pockets of blue water in your two-tone lake but I can’t find anything on the internet to back up my guess. I think they are created by very high water temperature, but I suppose the color could come from some heat-loving organism or another cause. If it was a Jeopardy question, I would go with water temperature.
Julie April 13, 2005
Thanks for the guess Jeff. I think I’d agree with you, maybe there were some kind of deeper springs with hotter water welling up in the blue areas. It could be little animals too, although I really have a hard time understanding how organisms can live in boiling water!
Jeff April 14, 2005
Here’s a link to a National Geographic News article about Strain 121, a thermophilic (or maybe hyperthermophilic) microbe that grows at 121° Celsius (250° Fahrenheit)and goes dormant at temperatures below 80° Celsius (176° Fahrenheit). It’s particularly interesting because 121° Celsius is the temperature used to sterilize medical equipment and heat-loving organisms may hold clues to the origin of live on Earth (and potentially other planets0.
Tom April 14, 2005
That’s amazing. Must be like those fish in the arctic that have antifreeze in their blood.