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Grand Prismatic Spring
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We are at the Midway Geyser Basin beside the largest hot spring in Yellowstone, also in the United States, with a dimensions 250x380 feet.

Named by the Hayden Expedition in 1871 his water has a temperature of 160°F (71ºC) and the steam of this spring reflects his brilliant colors. His colors begin with a deep blue center, green, a band of yellow fades, orange, and red at the outer border.

In the center of the pool the water is 87° C (188° F) is too hot to support life. Yellow, orange, and red pigments are produced by the bacteria as a natural sunscreen. NASA scientists study Yellowstone’s hot springs because they may be similar to the environments where life first evolved on Earth. Other bodies in the solar system, such as Europa and Mars, could have hot springs, too, possibly full of life.

You can see another Yellowstone panoramic view, this time of the hot springs at the West Thumb Geyser basin at the Yellowstone lake

Copyright: Paco Lorente
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 12906x6453
Uploaded: 10/02/2009
Updated: 30/09/2014
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Tags: yellowstone; prismatic pool; prismatic spring
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