Yellowstone Do-Over Part 7: Some Like It Hot


508_edited-1Like I mentioned before, the central part of Yellowstone is a caldera, a piece of land that collapsed over a volcanic hotspot. Lava heats water that seeps down through cracks in the broken earth’s surface, and the steam and water find their way back to the surface in hot springs, geysers, mudpots and fumeroles.

These thermogeological phenomena are home to a variety of thermophiles–the heat-loving bacteria that provide the beautiful colors and textures in and around the hot water and mud.

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5 responses to “Yellowstone Do-Over Part 7: Some Like It Hot

  1. Gorgeous pictures ~ it’s absolutely incredible what nature creates!
    This is a place that was so close, for so long, yet I never got around to seeing it.
    After seeing these pictures I’m regretting that. 🙂

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    • Barbara Backer-Gray

      Thanks. Though it’s not really an accomplishment. Aim just about anywhere and you get a picture like an abstract painting. It’s amazing.

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  2. Wow! It IS so primal. Puts us people in our place. So glad your family got a do-over on Yellowstone. And the cabin looks much nicer than the broken down motorhome. Thx for posting your adventures.

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