Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
A Changing Landscape
Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces
Scattered across this unusual landscape are hot springs – hot springs that are reshaping the mountain. Water, heated deep underground, rises to the surface. As it rises, the water percolates through buried limestone, dissolving calcium carbonate. Above ground, the hot water deposits the calcium carbonate, building travertine terraces.
If you were here in the past, you may notice changes. The terrain you see today will likely look different in the future. In this rapidly changing landscape, you can glimpse a moment in time.
Underground channels sometimes shift or clog, causing the water to change course on its journey to the surface. Above ground, springs may slow down or stop. New springs may bubble up or dormant springs may flow again.
At any time, boardwalks or trails may be rerouted or closed due to changes in the hot springs.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 58.106′ N, 110° 42.453′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on Upper Terrace Loop Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Fort Yellowstone (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Orange Spring Mound (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Sense of Community (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named A Sense of Community (approx. half a mile away); Guard Duty (approx. 0.6 miles away); At Guard (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Most Fortunate Thing... (approx. 0.6 miles away); Crime in Wonderland (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a picture of the Mammoth Hot Springs area.
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