Photographer's Note

The view of the Yellowstone River from my previous photo was nice but in fact it was just the river meandering in the mountains. But there are many places that are unique in the world.

Mammoth Hot Springs is a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine in Yellowstone National Park adjacent to Fort Yellowstone and the Mammoth Hot Springs Historic District. It was created over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium carbonate (over two tons flow into Mammoth each day in a solution). Because of the huge amount of geothermal vents, travertine flourishes.
The photo above shows the Orange Mound Spring. Travertine is naturally white. However, various bacterial thermopiles thrive in the sulfur rich waters throughout Yellowstone giving a number of features, such as Orange Mound Spring, its distinctive coloration.

As always, better see the bigger beta picture.

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