“Boiling Water Is Not Too Hot for Us!”—Preferred Living Spaces of Heat-Loving Microbes
Do you like to stay at the beach on a hot summer day? Sun bathing, chilling and playing beach games! If it is getting too hot, one can quickly refresh in the lukewarm ocean. Can you believe that there are living organisms on our planet that would still freeze on the hottest day of the year? These tiny creatures are heat-loving microbes, which do not grow at temperatures around 50 degrees Celsius, but feel most comfortable in boiling water near volcanoes at the ground of the ocean or in terrestrial hot springs. Because of their strength and endurance, they are of certain relevance for industrial and scientific applications. And can you imagine that most of these hot places are not located in deserts, but on volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean and near the North Pole?