Friday, October 11, 2019
Mammoth Hot Springs
More photographs of the amazing Mammoth Hot Springs! These terraces were created over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium carbonate - over two tons flow into Mammoth each day in a solution. Algae living in the warm pools have tinted the travertine shades of brown, orange, red, and green. The thermal flows show much variability with some variations taking place over periods ranging from decades to days. A tourist I spoke to said that these terraces had water flowing over them as recent as 5 years ago!
This is a detail of some of the terraces, and the amazing formations with narrow strips of deposits frozen, so to speak, in stone. Be sure to click on these photos to see more detail.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 7:14 PM