New thermal area forming at Yellowstone National Park. Picture via KPAX
The new thermal area is located very deep in the back-country and it took satellite images over 15 years to spot the signs – heat and carbon dioxide – coming of the area.
According to Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, this is a new thermal area that’s really still developing.
As discovered on the aerial photographs, there is an area where trees and other plants have been killed by high temperatures and chemicals boiling up from underground near Tern Lake.
Three scientists were already on site. Poland recalls: “It was, it was…it was pretty. I felt an excitement, but also kind of a wonder that here we are at this new place that really has not been described, at least by people on the ground.”
And added: “You do have the sense of like, wow, this is new, and you wonder what some of the early explorers or Native Americans must have thought when they saw these places for the first time.”
Researchers say there are no water features at the new hot spot yet, but they noted that there are some steam vents. Also, the ground is very hot and spongy, and in some areas it is soft enough to sink in and get burned. But there are no geysers yet…
Another tourist trap. Do you also get this sinking feeling? [KPax]
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