Monday, November 15, 2010

Mammoth Hot Springs

All the pictures below are from Mammoth Hot Springs. There is a webcam overlooking the area located here (scroll down on page). This is a beautiful area with all the hot springs and minerals (calcium carbonate mostly). Terrace Mountain at Mammoth Hot Springs is the largest known carbonate-depositing spring in the world. The most famous feature at the springs is the Minerva Terrace, a series of travertine terraces. The terraces have been deposited by the spring over many years but, due to recent minor earthquake activity, the spring vent has shifted, rendering the terraces dry.






4 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi, Great pictures.. I assume that this is still at Yellowstone.. At least your label says so....

My parents went on their honeymoon to Yellowstone in 1919... Bet is looked different then --from 2007... ha
Betsy

Ginny said...

So this is all calcium? Gosh, it looks kind of like snow. And the pictures are rather spooky and other-worldly. It reminds me of another planet, like on Lost In Space or Star Trek.

George said...

These are wonderful pictures, Neal. I really like the views of Minerva Terrace. I certainly hope we're able to get out there one of these days.

Tricia said...

The terraces are dry now? Oh my! Amazing how things change - I wonder what will come of them now that they're dry? Will they wither away?