Yellowbottom Falls, and the "water" was a hydrothermal fluid, well above the temperature we think of as boiling, but under enough pressure to keep it liquid. It would've hardly been perceived as a cool blue. The temperature we call boiling, 100 C, is only "boiling" at standard atmospheric pressure. Higher pressures mean higher boiling points, lower pressures mean lower temperature. So the same physical processes that deposited this vein also necessitate the need for high-elevation cooking instructions for some foods. Cooking pasta at Yellowstone National Park takes longer than it does here in the Willamette Valley, because YNP is 2-2 1/2 kilometers higher in elevation.
Photo unaltered. July 9, 2012. FlashEarth Location.
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