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Re: The Beautiful Pools and Geysers of Yellowstone National Park

PHeymont ·
Wow! those vivid colors were totally unexpected. I'm assuming different chemicals in the water and rocks are producing them?
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Re: The Beautiful Pools and Geysers of Yellowstone National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
DrY is away on vacation this week, PHeymont, so he'll get back to you on his return. But I believe a lot of these colors are due to the highly specialized microorganisms that live in this environment.
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Re: The Beautiful Pools and Geysers of Yellowstone National Park

Andre Pur ·
Wow amazing pictures, beautiful colors, i love the ones with the yellow and orange colors. Is it true that under the Yellowstone Park is a giant vulcano and if it will be an eruption the whole America will be extinguished ?
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Re: The Beautiful Pools and Geysers of Yellowstone National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Hi Andre, and welcome. As DrY is away on vacation, I'll try to answer your question before he gets back. Yellowstone National Park does sit on what is known as the "Yellowstone Hot Spot". You see this in its geysirs and hot water pools. This does have the potential to become a massive volcano and cause a tremendous eruption. As big as any volcano in recorded history and then some. The jet stream would carry the ash and smoke mostly east (towards the Atlantic Ocean), so those areas would be...
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Re: The Beautiful Pools and Geysers of Yellowstone National Park

Andre Pur ·
Thank you for the information DrFumble Let's hope... )
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Re: The Beautiful Pools and Geysers of Yellowstone National Park

Dr.Y ·
Hi PHeymont, Andre and DrFumblefinger, Just back from a winter break and glad to see many of you also like the brilliant colors associated with the geysers, pools and hot springs in Yellowstone! As of how the mesmerizing colors are formed, I know no more than my friend DrFumblefinger (thanks Karl for the explanation). I only know that was those incredible heat-loving thermophiles that somehow survived and produced those amazing nature wonders.
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The Beautiful Pools and Geysers of Yellowstone National Park

Dr.Y ·
  Although Yellowstone is famous for its geysers, the brilliant colors associated with the geysers, pools and hot springs are often mesmerizing. According to the park website, it was Walter H. Weed who in 1889 first recognized that the...
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