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5 Most Amazing Hot Springs in the World

5 Most Amazing Hot Springs in the World

The Grand Prismatic Spring: America’s largest

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Largest hot spring in the United States and the third largest in the world, the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is about 250 by 300 meters (75 by 91 meters) in size and 160 feet (49 meters) depth, discharging about 560 gallons (2000 liters) of 160 ° F (71 ° C) water / minute. The vivid colors in the spring ranging from green to bright red and orange are the result of algae and pigmented bacteria in the microbial mats that grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water, the amount of color dependent on the ratio of chlorophyll carotenoids produced by the organisms. The center of the pool is sterile due to extreme heat. (Photos: Magadelic Rock and Bonnie Sue)

Mammoth Hot Springs: largest carbonate-depositing spring in the world

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Also in Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs is known carbonate spring deposit largest in the world. The most famous feature at the springs is the Minerva Terrace – a series of travertine terraces that have been created over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium carbonate. Over 2 tons flows into Mammoth each day in a solution. (Photos: Mila Zinkova, C Amalia and Thegreenj)

Blood Pond Hot Spring: welcome to hell

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Blood Pond Hot Spring is one of the “hells” (jigoku) of Beppu, Japan, nine spectacular natural hot springs that are more for viewing rather than bathing. The “blood pond hell” features a pond of red hot water, colored as such by iron in the waters. It is supposedly the most photogenic of the nine hells. (Photos: L Plater and Phototravel)

Blue Lagoon: Iceland’s geothermal spa

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The Blue Lagoon geothermal is one of the largest attractions in Iceland. The steamy waters are part of a lava formation, and a large heated pool with water runoff from a nearby geothermal power plant. Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After passing through the turbines of steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for heating a hot city. The water enters the lagoon for users to bathe in. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur. Bathing in the Blue Lagoon for therapeutic purposes is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 40 ° C (104 ° F). The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwest Iceland. It is located about 24 miles (39 kilometers) from the capital city of Reykjavik. (Photos: Diamanx and Sandro Mancuso)

Glenwood Springs: world’s largest natural hot springs swimming pool

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Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA, has the largest hot springs pool in the world, with a flow rate of 143 liters / second. You can enjoy the therapy pool full of salty minerals to 104 ° F (40 ° C), or swim in the large 98 ° F (36 ° C), pool. (Photos: christoph.schrey and fishingfoolcool)

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