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Grand Prismatic Spring

Nos encontramos en el Midway Geyser Basin junto al mayor manantial de las aguas termales de Yellowstone y de los Estados Unidos, con un diametro de unos 90 metros.

Su nombre proviene de la expedición Hayden de 1871, sus aguas se encuentra a una temperatura media de unos 70º y el vapor en su superficie refleja sus brillantes colores. Estos colores empiezan desde un azul profundo en el centro, verde, unas bandas de amarillo, naranja, y rojo en su borde externo.

En el centro del manantial el agua a 87º es demasiado caliente para que exista vida en ella. Los colores amarillo, naranja y rojo son producidos por los pigmentos de una bacteria que habita en los bordes. Los cientificos de la NASA estudian los manantiales de aguas termales de Yellowstone porque pueden ser similares a los entornos donde la vida evolucionó en la Tierra. Otros cuerpos del sistema solar, como Europa o Marte, podrían tener manantiales de aguas termales también, posiblemente con vida.

Puedes ver otra vista panoramica de Yellowstone, en este caso de los manantiales del West Thumb Geyser basin junto al lago Yellowstone.

Copyright: Paco Lorente
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 12906x6453
Taken: 08/07/2008
Subida: 10/02/2009
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Tags: yellowstone; prismatic pool; prismatic spring
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