Yellowstone's colorful geothermal pools used to be plain blue

December 22, 2014 7:08 PM

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Yellowstone's colorful geothermal pools used to be plain blue

"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 simple models," Joseph Shaw said.

In a new study, published last week in the journal Applied Optics, a team of researchers was able to reconstruct the spectral history of Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Spring, Sapphire Pool and Morning Glory Pool via computer modeling.

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