Grand Prismatic Spring Facts: Yellowstone’s Neon-Like Colored Hot Spring

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Grand Prismatic Spring Facts Includes:  Yellowstone’s Neon-Like Colored Hot Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring Facts - Yellowstone’s Neon-Like Colored Hot Spring
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1. Situated in Midway Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park Teton County, Wyoming United States. The neon-colored world-famous Grand Prismatic spring was first discovered according to British online newspapers – Independent UK in 1871 by geologists working in the Hayden Geological Survey.

2. Grand Prismatic is the largest spring in United States, third in the world and has approximately 370 diameter. Bigger than a football field and was named by them for its striking coloration matching rainbow dispersion of white light by an optical prism: red, orange, yellow, green blue.

3. The multicolored layers of Grand Prismatic spring nature’s most breathtaking sights – are said to be from different minerals and species of thermophile (heat-loving) bacteria living in cooler water area(edge) in the spring.  Also the deep blue center color of the spring are results from intrinsic blue water color, effect strongest in the center because of its sterility and depth of around 160 feet (50m) and estimated temperature of 160 °F (70 °C).

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4. According from Wikipedia, there’s no living bacteria in the center of the spring because of its extreme hotness. The spring discharges an estimated  2,100 Liter (560 gallons) 160 °F (70 °C) water per minute.

Grand Prismatic Spring Facts - Midway Geyser, Yellowstone National Park
Grand Prismatic Spring Facts – Midway Geyser, Yellowstone National Park | Photo Credits: IGNACIO PALACIOS VIA GETTY IMAGES


5. The Grand Prismatic spring is a living thermometer for geologist, investigators tool help in solving crimes and researchers subject discovering scientific and medical uses including diagnosing diseases such as infections, paternity testing, cancer, testing beer contamination and detecting genetic relationship between individuals. Thanks to the Yellowstone’s Taq enzymes that help the Nobel Prize winner who developed the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).

6. Few stuffs had already gone down in hot springs of Yellowstone. Including a drone from a tourist in Netherland named Theodorus Van Vilet that happened to  crashed in the giant Grand Prismatic spring.  Other stuffs thrown in other hot spring  in Yellowstone particularly in Morning Glory are coins, handkerchiefs, bath towels, socks and other 112 other objects.

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7.  Obviously you can’t go swimming in the Grand Prismatic spring. But according to some sources there are part in the Yellowstone that you can actually swim (Firehole) and experience hot spring. For more information and travel information in the Grand Prismatic spring and Yellowstone Park itself, head over to their official website here: YellowStonePark Official Website.

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