Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03330
Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest of the geothermal pools in Yellowstone National Park, is 90 m across. The hot pool lies at the top of a broad, low mound formed by deposition of silica at its margins. Overflow channels radiate away from the pool. The colorful rings around the hot-spring pool are formed by algae and other organisms that are temperature dependent. The highest temperature organisms (70-73 degrees Centigrade) are white. Lower-temperature organisms grade to light yellow, orange, red, and then dark green.
Copyrighted photo by Katia and Maurice Krafft, 1984.
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