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Hot Spring

Hot Spring 

Actively precipitating salts, and cool enough to support an algae population. It's about the temperature of the hot water from the tap. At the east edge of the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, right on the Jackson Ranch road. Yes, this area has geothermal potential, but it's protected from development by its proximity to the Black Rock wilderness. The left inset is a close-up of the spring itself, on the top of this sinter mound. The right inset is a view east from the top of the mound, showing an elongate ridge of spring deposits. Apparently a fault or fissure localizes the spring; hence the linear form of the deposits.
The outflow from the spring makes a little pond that evidently is valuable for livestock (adjacent photo).

Helmer Lortz, Gudrun, Berny, Janet Brien and 5 other people have particularly liked this photo

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 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome shots!

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13 months ago.
 Marvin Matthews
Marvin Matthews
Steve, this is truly amazing ! Isn't the pix on the right called a "fault" sure seems so. Great. and thanks for posting -- continuing to make our ipernity great.
13 months ago.
slgwv club
Thanks, everyone! Marvin, I was being careful with my terminology; "fault" implies there's been relative motion between the sides, and I don't know that from my vantage point here. But it _is_ a linear fissure! ;)
12 months ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
Wonderful pictures of this cool and colorful hot spring. The insets are super too and really give a good understanding of what we're looking at. Thanks for the info as well, looks like a great place to explore!
12 months ago.
slgwv club has replied to Janet Brien club
Thanks, Janet! It's an interesting area--as long as you don't go around Burning Man time! A bit too crowded then--
12 months ago.
Gudrun club
The colours are as fascinating as the fissure!
11 months ago.
slgwv club has replied to Gudrun club
Thank the thermophilic algae!
11 months ago.

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