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Featured Place: Thermal Yellowstone

Science-fiction and Lisa Frank fans take note: one need not travel to far-off kitten-filled realms to enjoy otherworldly beauty in-person! 

Atlas Obscura Blog - Yellowstone Park Thermal Pools

 

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Straddling the northwest corner of Wyoming and the border of Montana lies Yellowstone National Park, which holds over half of the world’s geothermal features.  Terraced hot springs, bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, geysers, and something called “ground truths” abound thanks to the region’s (relatively) recent past as an active volcano caldera!  Bacteria mats are responsible for producing bright, rainbows-like swaths of color in boiling water seeping from the earth’s core, trapping minerals and sediment in a most arresting fashion. 

 

Geyser Thermal Pool - Atlas Obscura Blog - Yellowstone Pictures

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Without further ado, please enjoy the following visual feast, courtesy of Yellowstone Park’s 100% natural geothermal wonders!

 

Yellowstone Glacial Basin Pools - Atlas Obscura Blog

 

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Thermal Lake - Yellowstone - Atlas Obscura Blog

 

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Atlas Obscura Featured Place - Blog - Yellowstone Wyoming

 

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Bacterial Mats - Atlas Obscura Blog - Featured Images Yellowstone

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Yellowstone Park Thermal Features - Atlas Obscura Blog

 

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Yellowstone Steaming Thermal Ponds - Atlas Obscura Blog

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Mammoth Hot Springs - Yellowstone - Atlas Obscura Blog

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 Thermal Hot Springs Yellowstone - Wyoming - Atlas Obscura Blog

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Atlas Obscura Blog - Explore Yellowstone Pictures and Images

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Thermal Geyser - Yellowstone in Images - Atlas Obscura Blog

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Bacteria Mats - Yellowstone Springs - Atlas Obscura Blog

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Yellowstone Basin Sunset - Atlas Obscura Blog Pictures

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