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Getting Into Hot Water

Premiering November 1-3, 2006

Born in the mountains of Yellowstone, the Firehole River becomes truly special as it flows through the park’s major geyser basins. Photographs, illustrations, in-trip activities, and video footage guide you on a journey downstream. Investigate changes in water chemistry, temperature, and habitats as the river swallows the runoff from geysers and hot springs. Learn how this naturally warmed stream may serve as a model for predicting long range effects of human-caused thermal pollution on other waterways.

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    Trip Background
    Receiving the runoff from many of Yellowstone’s geysers and hot springs, the Firehole River is of great scientific interest as one of the best known examples of a naturally thermally altered river.


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    Accessibility Options
    This eTrip has a number of features designed to accommodate people who have disabilities, such as visual and hearing impairments. Check out the Accessibility Page to learn more.

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    National Science Foundation logo. Visit the NSF website. This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.0307709
    Yellowstone Park Foundation logo. Visit the Foundation's website. Funding for this trip was provided by generous grants to the Yellowstone Park Foundation.