BTS 031: The Morning Glory Pool Has A Dirty Secret

BTS 031: The Morning Glory Pool Has A Dirty Secret
Photo Credit: Dan Anderson

Photo Credit: Dan Anderson

Located at the Yellowstone National Park, the Morning Glory Pool is a strangely fascinating thing to see, especially since it is essential a hole of coloured water.

Photo Credit: National Park Services

Photo Credit: National Park Services

But what is interesting about this glorified hot spring is not just its colour of yellowish-green but how it became so.

It was once a brilliant shade of blue, slightly resembling that of the Morning Glory flower.

So what caused this iconic natural beauty of America to change? Well, like any other famous water holes, it was seem by many visitors as a wishing well. The coins and other foreign objects thrown in by visitors clogs up the vents deep beneath, lowering the temperature and allowing brown, orange and yellow algae-like bacteria to thrive in the pool, now dubbed Fading Glory.

You can go behind the science of this must-see Yellowstone National Park attraction by starting here.


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