Octopus Spring

Allan Treiman, Lunar and Planetary Institute

This reference site consists of images and descriptions of Octopus Spring in Yellowstone National Park. Part of the teacher workshop "Extremities: Geology and Life in Yellowstone and Implications for Other Worlds," it describes both the cool water and hot water habitats of the spring. Sampling techniques are included with a description of the microbial mat community. The images and descriptions cover three web pages, each of which can be accessed through links at the base of the pages.

Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Principles, Biofilms, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Field Methods , Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Activities:Field Activity:Field trip
Special Interest: Field-Based Teaching and Learning
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), Middle (6-8), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Extreme Environments: Extremely Hot, Alkaline
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Biofilms, Abiotic Relations, Biosphere:Biogeochemistry, Methods of Microbiology:Field Methods, Biosphere:Microbiology, Ecology:Principles
Theme: Teach the Earth:Enhancing your Teaching:Teaching in the Field, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Biogeoscience