WOLFGANG BAUMEISTER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY WOLFGANG BAUMEISTER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Heat-loving archaeon. Coloured freeze-fracture transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of the hyperthermophilic (very high temperature-loving) archaeon, Thermoproteus tenax. The rod-shaped cell is seen, freeze- fractured to show the lattice-like cell wall. Extremophiles live in extreme conditions, such as extremes of temperature, pH, pressure, and salt environments. T. tenax is found growing in hot springs surviving temperatures of up to 96 degrees Celsius, and living and growing optimally at 88 degrees Celsius. Magnification: x16,000 at 6x4.5cm size.
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