Yellowstone thermal pool’s florescent colors coming from pollution, say scientists

December 22, 2014 1:31 AM

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Yellowstone thermal pool’s florescent colors coming from pollution, say scientists

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY, MONTANA – Yellowstone’s thermal pools that often take on yellow, blue, green, and even red colorings depending on the moment they’re being observed may finally have some scientific evidence to back up the theories around those colors. Scientists from Montana State University, as well as a group of researchers from Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany created and published a model that explains the colors observers see within the thermal pools.

Scientists say the ultimate cause of the florescent colors that observers see in the pools is related to pollution by humans. As it turns out, the study finds that the thermal pools were not the color they are today, many years ago. In fact, the researchers found that many of the colors onlookers se...

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