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Friday, December 21, 2012

Mammoth Hot Springs

Atop Mammoth Springs
 After our morning drive and the trek on the Northern Range Tour we returned to Mammoth Hot Springs hotel for a leisurely lunch. Next we headed towards Mammoth Hot Springs which is a short drive from the Hotel. Mammoth Hot Springs is a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine.Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, and cream-colored varieties. It was created over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium carbonate.
The hot water that feeds Mammoth comes from Norris Geyser Basin after traveling underground via a fault line that runs through limestone and roughly parallel to the Norris-to-Mammoth road. The limestone is the source of the calcium carbonate.  The Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces are a popular feature in Yellowstone. They are sometimes referred to as the White Mountain. The step like terraces form as heated water moves along the morris Mammoth Fault. The hot water carries dissolved calcium and bi carbonate to the surface of the terraces where carbon di oxide escapes as gas and the carbonate combines with calcium to precipitate as travertine. Shallow circulation along this corridor allows Norris' superheated water to slightly cool before surfacing at Mammoth, generally at about 170 °F (80 °C).Algae  living in the warm pools have tinted the travertine shades of brown, orange, red, and green.
White Wilderness
You can see the steam billowing in the air - above and below

28 comments:

  1. Beautiful landscapes all around. And a very pretty grand daughetr too!

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  2. Great shots from a beautiful place.
    Your grand daughter is so cute.
    Wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    Mette

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  3. Nice photos, Ram. Thanks for the information, too.

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  4. Nice. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

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  5. Pretty good pics. One can relive the landscape.

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  6. I hope to experience something like this in future. Great shots.

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  7. Brilliant landscapes. You have captured them well.

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.in

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  8. Wonderful captures! Some of these make me feel that the place is not on Earth!! Have a nice day :)

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  9. What a fabulous series of photos. I've never been there and didn't know about travertine! So, this post has provided me with lots of great information and images! Thank you!

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  10. Fabulous indeed..I also enjoyed watching the video clips..

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  11. That’s interesting learning about this process and the places. Impressive photos and videos!

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  12. Ram,I'm coming back to view and comment after Christmas!
    Ruby

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  13. Wow, such amazing photos - it looks like on another planet. Erth is always astonishing, Thank you for a year of blogging friendship Ram - all the bestr to you and your family and see you back soon!

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  14. What an amazing place and great photos!

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  15. interesting place and nice photos

    happy xmas and newyear

    thanks

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  16. Happy Holidays!!!! Wonderful pictures and a lovely place to visit!! Cheers, Ruby

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  17. Gorgeous photos! Merry Christmas to you, sending you much love and hugs from a cold Montreal...to you and your loved ones.

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  18. There is a certain poetic quality to your pics. Enjoying them thoroughly!

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  19. Hi Ram! Fabulous shots!! remembers my 1982 travel there... ;)

    Hope you are having a great season! Sorry for the absence, but 2012 was definitely a difficult year here in Portugal, and even worse for me...
    Wish you a very Happy 2013, and enjoy Grenada in Blogtrotter Two!

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