Geyserite terrace, Yellowstone National Park

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Limestone Geyserite terrace, Yellowstone National Park. I took this picture in 1964 and think it may be Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces Is Grand Prismatic Spring in Midway Geyser Basin. I returned in 2002 but could not find the same location. Alas, I still do not keep a good notebook.

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Beautiful.

And clearly DESIGNED! Look at all those perfectly even, level terraces!

Yep, designed by nature, operating under simple chemical and physical principles, to produce the APPEARANCE of intelligent purpose. Sorry, no intelligence necessary.

I’m quite sure you have a very nice black and white picture of the run-off terraces of Grand Prismatic Spring in Midway Geyser Basin. See it in color on page 65 of “Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler’s Companion to the National Park.” This is much closer to Old Faithful than to Mammoth Hot Springs, and the terraces at Midway are made of geyserite rather than limestone (or really travertine, as you have at Mammoth).

Janet

yellowstonejanet said:

I’m quite sure you have a very nice black and white picture of the run-off terraces of Grand Prismatic Spring in Midway Geyser Basin. See it in color on page 65 of “Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler’s Companion to the National Park.” This is much closer to Old Faithful than to Mammoth Hot Springs, and the terraces at Midway are made of geyserite rather than limestone (or really travertine, as you have at Mammoth).

I agree 100%, Janet. This image doesn’t look like Mammoth’s terraces at all. And I’ve seen a lot of YNP in my days…

Grand Prismatic Spring in Midway Geyser Basin

That name does not ring any bells, but, once I knew it, I found a very similar photograph here. So that is very probably the place.

Yellowstone: the geologist’s version of Disneyland.

GeoMan said:

Yellowstone: the geologist’s version of Disneyland.

Right down to the smells!

Wonderful place, Yellowstone. As long as the supervolcano on top of which it sits doesn’t erupt. I’m only 754 miles (driving distance – the distance by crow-flight is less) from there, and that’s uncomfortably close. Fortunately they’re mostly downwind.

That last one is spam. They’re using human bots to defeat captchas these days. I think they should be demoted from “human” to “pondscum”.

It was spam, but Matt Young disappeared it since. Dave Luckett was not referring to my comment.

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