Photographer's Note

Yellowstone national park, Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming, USA.
This is an original (coloured) version of the previously posted *Dead Nature* in B&W photograph.
Mammoth Hot Springs is a large territory of hot springs in Yellowstone National Park adjacent to Fort Yellowstone and the Mammoth Hot Springs Historic District.
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 as a solution).
The hot water that feeds Mammoth comes from Norris Geyser Basin after traveling underground via a *fault line* that runs through limestone (the limestone is the source of the calcium carbonate). 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.
Mike :-)
To be cont'ed...

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