Day 3 Nature Challenge: Terrace at Mammoth Hot Springs

Terrace at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Terrace at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

I had never seen anything like the geysers, hypo-thermal areas, mud pots and volcanoes, sulfur cauldrons and the Mammoth Hot Springs.  The scale of the formations was immense. The colors of the different minerals made the formations look like works of art (nature’s art!) There are a few trails where you can walk nearby the formations, watch steam explode from openings and smell the wonderful sulfur. Hot Springs were flowing down this terrace, leaving behind deposits of minerals that would further build the terrace. You can see the beauty, but I couldn’t capture the smell!

The NPS website says this of Yellowstone National Park:

“World’s Greatest Concentration of Geysers: It’s Wonderland. Old Faithful and the majority of the world’s geysers are preserved here. They are the main reason the park was established in 1872 as America’s first national park—an idea that spread worldwide. A mountain wilderness, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk, the park is the core of one of the last, nearly intact ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.”


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