Scientists Unveil Brilliant Colors of Yellowstone's Thermal Springs

December 19, 2014 6:58 PM

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Scientists have unveiled the startling colors within Yellowstone's thermal springs. Using a simple mathematical model based on optical measurements, researchers can explain the stunning colors of these springs and can visually recreate how they appeared years ago.

Yellowstone National Park is a geothermal wonderland, and the natural springs there sport a variety of stunning colors. Yet no mathematical model existed to show empirically how the physical and chemical variables of a pool relate to their optical factors and coalesce in the unique, stunning fashion...

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