The Grand Prismatic Spring

Category: Outdoor Scenes

 

Photo and caption by Luiz Carlos Feliponi

This photo was taked in my trip to Yellowstone. The vivid colors in the spring are the result of pigmented bacteria in the microbial mats that grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water. The bacteria produce colors ranging from green to red; the amount of color in the microbial mats depends on the ratio of chlorophyll to carotenoids and on the temperature of the water which favors one bacterium over another. In the summer, the mats tend to be orange and red, whereas in the winter the mats are usually dark green. The center of the pool is sterile due to extreme heat.

Location: Yellowstone National Park

 

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