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Deadly Hot Springs in Yellow Stone National Park




On June 13, a 21-year-old employee at the Yellowstone National Park, who fell into a hot spring there, got severely burnt. "Yellowstone's thermal features are dangerous. We continually stress that people must stay on trails and boardwalks in geyser basins, not only to protect resources, but for their own safety” stated superintendent Dan Wenk.

The astounding geothermal features of Yellowstone National Park are due to the massive super-volcano underneath. There are 10,000 geysers in this national park accounting to half of the world’s known geysers.

The unworldly, bubbling cauldrons of superheated springs tangled with green, red and yellow bacteria are visited by some 3 million people every year.

However, these most intriguing attractions of the park are also some of the deadliest. The Outside magazine reported that at least 22 people have lost their lives since the park’s inauguration after voluntarily entering or accidently slipping into these deadly pools.

The composition and pressure of the underground water here indicate that the park’s hot springs are roiling with superheated water. These regularly surpass the boiling point at the elevation, which is 92 degree Celsius. The hottest temperature recorded here was 237 degree Celsius.

Content: www.livescience.com


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