Plug Your Noses and Open Your Eyes! It's YELLOWSTONE!
Yes, Yellowstone is one of the coolest and stinkiest places on Earth. As a part of a geology vacation, uh, I mean field course, we took a trip to Yellowstone National Park to study groundwater systems. We measured discharge rates and dissolved solids. As the water moves through the rock, it dissolves certain elements and carries them to the surface. The water at Yellowstone is chock full of dissolved goodies, much more than the water we drink.
|This spring was flowing pretty quick. We walked to the bridge that you see in the distance and lowered the Rand-Bot to measure the depth and such.|
|He was glad we didn't drop him.|
|Can't write about Yellowstone without a few pictures of furry woodland creatures near your vehicle.|
|Blue, NO! AHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhh..........|
|Hot meets cold|
|Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, upper falls.|
|Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, lower falls.|
|New hot springs and steam vents will occasionally crop up at random places. This one has scorched the hillside over time.|
|So we did do some work. Rather, Brandon did. We watched him collect samples from water running over the side of this mound-o-travertine. P.S. We had permission to do all this....paperwork and everything....|
|More furry woodland creatures.|
|Near Mammoth, sink holes like these form due to the collapse of cave roofs.|
Old Faithful. From here.