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National Park - Jupiter's Cycle
of sign - Mammoth Hot Springs area trail at Yellowstone National
taken June 2008
view of sign
view of sign
Spring first bubbled up in a landscape of scattered trees and travertine -
travertine created by older springs.
Juniper Terrace grew, hot mineral water streamed downhill, burying the grass
and trees growing there.
1872 when William Henry Jackson photographed the formation, the trees were
engulfed by travertine.
Spring flowed abundantly in 1923. Colorful pools adorned its terraces.
1998 Jupiter Springs had been dormant for several years. If it remains
inactive, soil will eventually form on Jupiter's
travertine, and become home to trees and flowers again.
a hot spring's life cycle, fluctuations occur.
hot spring may become dormant at any time for days, months, or years.
several miles of where you are standing, massive deposits of travertine have
been found, most of it covered by soil.
of ancient hot springs, this travertine can be thousands of years old!
by hot spring water, the trees beside you absorbed calcium carbonate. It
hardened in their "veins" fatally blocking the
of water and nutrients.
solid" from hardened minerals, exposed treetops can stand for decades.
on the sign
to the text there are pictures showing different views of Jupiter Spring from
1872, 1923 and 1998. There is also a
of trees covered in calcium carbonate.
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