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Yellowstone spring turns bright green

March 15, 2015 | Comment icon 20 comments



The hot spring has turned a distinct green color. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Miguel Hermoso Cuesta
The famous Morning Glory hot spring pool has turned green due to visitors throwing things in to it.
One of Yellowstone's most impressive natural wonders, the crystal blue waters of the spring have been attracting visitors for decades.

Over time however the tradition of throwing coins in to the spring for good luck has meant that the previously pristine blue waters of the spring have slowly turned a rather garish green color.

The problem has been exacerbated by a tendency for some visitors to throw rocks and even items of rubbish in to the pool.
This accumulation of objects gradually clogged up the vents beneath the spring and the subsequent lack of water circulation lowered the temperature of the water, leading to the migration of orange-coloured thermophilic bacteria towards the center of the pool.

Despite its change in color however the spring, which has more recently earned the rather less appealing nickname 'Fading Glory', still remains a popular attraction for tourists.

In time the pool may even return to its original blue color.

Source: Independent | Comments (20)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by DieChecker 8 years ago
I kind of like the rings of colors. That happens naturally in other areas of the park. It's bad to throw stuff in, but it is not the algae's fault. It lives there regardless, just in smaller amounts around the edges when the water is hotter.
Comment icon #12 Posted by moon tide 8 years ago
Very shameful. On behalf of humanity Morning Glory, I apologize. Many, many of us love you.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Socio 8 years ago
I wonder if they could hire a diver to remove the debris?
Comment icon #14 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot 8 years ago
Some people should just stay on concrete forever, enjoy in dirty city and your dirty apartments but leave nature please, it will be fine without you. If you cant respect it just dont come. Especially when it is one of most important national sites. But as time goes on scenes like this are becoming 'normal' around the world, unfortunately.
Comment icon #15 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
I wonder if they could hire a diver to remove the debris? It probably be done at a huge cost. You'd still have the algae to contend with. Nothing a little HTH can't take care of. Seriously, this is horrible. People are stupid. I have a saying I use on subjects like this - I hate people. I like persons, but hate people.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Michelle 8 years ago
I wonder if they could hire a diver to remove the debris? It's too hot to dive at all. Anything above about 110F is extremely dangerous unless you're planning dinner.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Sundew 8 years ago
I wonder if they could hire a diver to remove the debris? Some of the waters of Yellowstone are near boiling, hence my previous tongue-in-cheek comment about "making soup" out of the offenders. The only "diving" could possibly be done by robotic vehicles, if they could handle the high temperature.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 8 years ago
It's just pure green/ blue algae. Poisonous to some species. End of story. Blue-Green Algae is red.
Comment icon #19 Posted by DieChecker 8 years ago
There's a sign there that says what they do... Every year park personnel remove hundreds of rocks, coins and other objects from Morning Glory Pool. Looks like they suck stuff out with "sunken ship treasure vacuum" style hoses.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Ashotep 8 years ago
People are morons and many don't care about the environment. Bet if you went to their house and threw crap at them they would then care.


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