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Experimental Approach:

Created by George Rice, Montana State University

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George Rice checking a thermal pool for temp and pH
George Rice checking a thermal pool for temp and pH.

Sample Collection:

Wolfram Zillig (Godfather of Archaeal Thermophilic Viruses) from the Max-Plank Institute is pictured on the left taking an anaerobic sample from beneath a thermal pool with the assistance of a local Yellowstone Ranger. Samples collected in this manner are taken from environments where there is no oxygen and kept oxygen free throughout the sampling process.

Ken Stedman of Portland State University is shown on the right collecting samples from near the surface of a thermal pool in the Rabbit Creek area near Old Faithful. This is a low oxygen environment so no steps are taken to keep the samples oxygen free. Small amounts of sediment and liquid are collected from the pools by filling a sterile collection tube for transport to the lab.

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