Monday, June 25, 2012

Yellowstone Park Morning Glory Pool

The original name of the Morning Glory Pool was Convolutus. It was given that title in 1883 by the wife of an assistant park superintendent, after the Latin word for the morning glory flower, which the pool’s blue color resembles

 Recently, however, the pool has started to go by another name “Fading Glory.”

 The trash has slowly built up and blocked some of the thermal vents and reduced the heat of the pool, allowing other bacteria to begin working their way in at the edges, creating a red and yellow ring around the pure blue center. While this rainbow hue is indeed beautiful, it is a fragile beauty, as the invasive yellow bacteria continues to close in.

The delicate blue water is created by thermophilic bacteria, which thrive in the pool’s searing heat. Long a major tourist stop in Yellowstone National Park, the Morning Glory Pool suffers from inconsiderate visitors who have thrown coins, bottles, and trash into the pool for over a century.

Saturday, June 16, 2012