I have seen hot boiling water and hot steam blowing, only from the vessels and cookers in kitchen. And I have never seen any peculiar thing which is happening to be expelling and spraying hot water; blowing out frequently on open lands and hills with hot water and steam with huge pressure from deep inside. We felt like a dream when we just saw one, the very first time. In this part of Yellowstone, hot water comes out boiling with high temperatures from various vents, all over this Travertine Hill in Mammoth Hot Springs.
Mammoth Hot Springs is a chain of hot springs spread across the Travertine Hill close to Mount Everts in Yellowstone National Park. One can see, close to 70 individual hot springs being highly active framing out an unique fashion of landscapes.
Mammoth Hot Springs is a National Historic Landmark of United States. It has been administered by the National Park Service as it is one of the vital attractions of Yellowstone National Park.
‘Hot Springs’ and ‘Geysers’ – The sons and daughters of ‘Volcanoes’!
They call it ‘Hot Springs’, when it expels hot water frequently through a vent or an aperture from the plain or hill surfaces. But ‘Geysers’ are quite a bit different, identified with steam accompanied by hot water being sprayed or blown out from the vent holes carrying lots of pressure with it. These two are beautiful and amazing nature phenomena.
The Volcanoes are known for their devastating effects of Molten Magma and Lava. But these are of different natures with not much of the worrying factors accompanied by.
Also read: My blog post on – Sensational Panorama of Grand Prismatic Spring and Old Faithful Geysers
‘Hot Springs’ provide harsh conditions for vegetation.
The conditions in Mammoth Hot Springs doesn’t really support the green vegetation. The hot water which scales over 80 °C which is mineral and chemical filled, just supports the growth of Algae. Even normal hot water halts a plant or a big tree from any further growth and there is no question of why hot springs provide harsh conditions for vegetation.
The incredible terraces of Travertine Hill.
All of the hot springs here at Mammoth over the Travertine hill flourishes with tons and tons of hot water keeps flowing day in and day out. It is not just hot water, the hot springs expel but with lots of minerals and chemicals as constituents although Sulphur and Calcium Carbonate forms a major part.
The white formation on terraces and slopes of the hill is neither Milk nor Snow! It is Calcium Carbonate!! 😉 The white color seen in most of the hot springs and over the hill terrain is all due to the over secretion of the chemical compound, Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3) from the hot springs.
Such accumulated chemicals, minerals and chemical compounds like Calcium Carbonate leads to the uneven surfaces over the hill terrain of Travertine in Mammoth Hot Springs. And these uneven surfaces of accumulated stuffs generated by the geothermal activities of hot springs led to the formation of these wonderful terraces of the Travertine Hill.
Colorful Slopes of the amazing Travertine Hill.
The beautiful mix of the colors like Green, Brown, Yellow, Orange and many other light colors are caused by the growth of Algae and certain mineral deposits all over the terrain and slopes of the Travertine hill. The color formation on a particular rock over the hill slope doesn’t just stay constant and it just varies. These amazing color formation gives the hill terrain and slopes a stunning and an ever changing painting of the hot springs.
Travertin hill slopes and terraces are nature painted wonders with beautiful colors, majorly milky or snow white. In Winter Season, the most of the dormant areas of the hot springs over the hill terrace would look snow and in the active areas, that would just look the way a typical hot springs work.
Also read: My blog post on – My Adventurous Times in Norris Geyser Basin
Get virtual hugs from the hot springs in chill times.
You can just pick a hot springs you like from the lots in the hill and stand by the side of it in the walk way and you can feel a virtual warm hug from the vapour and steam generated by the hot springs to the nearby surroundings. I couldn’t say no to such a hug on an evening in the chill times of early spring in Yellowstone. So I just hugged back the hot springs virtually (just stood by the side of it and spreading my arms toward the warm steam of hot springs) 😉
When you’re in Yellowstone, you would never want to miss this hot attraction and such a wonder of nature. Had great times going through the hill terrace via the walk ways and we just loved this beautiful attraction on a spring evening.
Mammoth Hot Springs is close to the North Entrance of the Yellowstone National Park nearby Gallatin Range and Gallatin National Forest. Never, ever miss a ‘Yellowstone’ trip and never, ever miss a drive to ‘Mammoth Hot Springs’ when you’re in ‘Yellowstone’ 🙂
Where did you see a Hot Springs recently?