Image provided by John Veysey, Nigel Goldenfeld, and Nicholas Guttenberg, Nigel Goldenfeld Lab and Bruce Fouke Lab. guava
Research funded by the National Science Foundation
This image is part of a computer simulation of the process that forms travertine near geothermal hot springs. It describes the interplay between fluid flow, chemical precipitation and possible microbe community dynamics. Discovering how the activities of living organisms can shape geophysical processes is important to understanding many phenomena, and could even help us detect the signatures of life on other planets, such as Mars.