Taking Yellowstone’s Hot Springs Back in Time

December 22, 2014 2:27 PM

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Yellowstone National Park's iconic hot springs are a stunning sight even today. But have you ever wondered what they would look like before humanity left its mark on the park? A team of researchers have now devised a model that shows how these natural wonder looked long before tourists set foot there.

A paper on this mathematical model, recently published in the journal Applied Optics, details how the brilliant visible colors of hot spring pools in Yellowstone, such as the Grand Prismatic Spring, were likely even more stunning in a by-gone age.

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