Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Trees on Mammoth Terrace

Mammoth Hot Springs is a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine.  It was 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.  In a nearby part of the complex there are terraces, which are astounding to see.  This section has no terraces, but the calcium carbonate has been deposited in a hill, and it has surrounded and killed trees which grew here.  I love the contrast of the dead trees with the strange looking mountain of many colors.  What an unearthly scene!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Weird. At first it looks like different shades of sand. Then I thought it looked like rock. Such sad looking trees :-( betsey