Scientist Reveal The Shattering Effects Of Tourism On The Hot Springs Of Yellowstone National Park

December 20, 2014 1:05 PM

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Researchers have released new images which reveal, what decades of tourism in the Yellowstone National Park has done to their hot springs. The visitors have contaminated the hot spring water by throwing coins and garbage. The water color in the spring has become orangey green, which according to researchers should be deep blue. The scientists have used a one dimensional model where they used SLR digital camera, low-wave thermal imaging camera and a handheld spectrometer. According to this new study the color change was triggered by the ‘microbial mat composition’ found in those spring. The scientists also said that the coin and garbage thrown by humans along with natural debris is responsible for the change of color.

One of the co-author of this research, Joseph Shaw a professor at Montana State University and director of the university’s Optical Technology Center said, “What we were able to show is that you really don’t have to get terribly complex – you can explain some very beautiful things with relatively si...

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