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A Natural History of Hot Springs Kevin McCarthy locuto@indra.com 303 442 9963 Burning Questions Did life BEGIN in a hot spring? How did life EVOLVE near hot springs? How might hot springs IMPROVE life? Life BEGIN? Exogenesis / Abiogenesis Warm Little Pond Oily Bubbles

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A Natural Historyof Hot SpringsKevin McCarthylocuto@indra.com303 442 9963


Burning Questions

  • Did life BEGIN in a hot spring?

  • How did life EVOLVE near hot springs?

  • How might hot springs IMPROVE life?


Life BEGIN?

  • Exogenesis / Abiogenesis

  • Warm Little Pond

  • Oily Bubbles


Life BEGIN?


Life BEGIN?

  • Red-Ox Net

  • Tide Pool / Vent

  • Facies Model


Dr. Fouke’s Facies Model


Life Evolve?

  • Mummification Service

  • West Lothian / Rhynie

  • Sources of Diversity


Lizzie (Westlothiana Lizziae)


Life Improve?

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

  • Nutrition / Astrobiology

  • Phylogenetic Tree


Phylogenetic Tree


Why do we care?

  • New Tools

  • New Products

  • New Image


Perception is Reality

  • Q: There are only three major geyser basins on Earth. How many have been left pristine and undeveloped?

  • A: Three (Yellowstone, Kamchatka, Chile)

    (From Yellowstone Trivia, by Janet Spencer, Riverbend Publishing, 2006)


A Natural Historyof Hot SpringsKevin McCarthylocuto@indra.com303 442 9963


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