Saturday, August 14, 2010
Mammoth Hot Springs
Next stop is Mammoth Hot Springs.
This is Orange Mound Spring on the Highland Terrace.
The Liberty cap, an extinct hot spring cone, with New Palette Springs behind.
Mammoth is different from the park's other thermal features.
Instead of sitting on igneous rock which was once molten, it sits on limestone which dissolves in the hot water and precipitates on the surface as travertine.
Active springs are colorful and constantly growing, forming terraces and mounds.
Inactive springs are white.
There is a nice hotel with cabins near the Fort Yellowstone area.
Mammoth is the year round home of a resident elk herd.
They rest on lawns & terraces.