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Yellowstone National Park’s hot springs have incredible geochemistry thanks to being part of an actual volcano. But why are they so different, and why are some more dangerous than others?

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Credits:
Producer: Elaine Seward, Sean Parsons
Writer: Alexa Billow
Scientific Consultant: Jacob Lowenstern, Ph. D.
Photos courtesy of Jacob Lowenstern, USGS
Michelle Boucher, PhD
Executive Producer: George Zaidan
Fact Checker: Alison Le

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Sources:
http://time.com/4574226/man-dissolved-yellowstone-park/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/11/17/man-who-dissolved-in-boiling-yellowstone-hot-spring-slipped-while-checking-temperature-to-take-bath/?utm_term=.021073b38092
https://www.menshealth.com/health/a19532321/man-dies-in-yellowstone-hot-spring/
https://www.yellowstonepark.com/things-to-do/cautionary-tale
https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2004/1316/pdf/OFR%2020041316.pdf
https://www.nps.gov/hosp/learn/nature/upload/In-Hot-Water12_newJuly.pdf
https://www.nps.gov/hosp/planyourvisit/faq_using_hotsprings.htm
https://www.cpsc.gov/content/cpsc-warns-of-hot-tub-temperatures
http://time.com/4575511/yellowstone-hot-spring-science/
https://www.livescience.com/18813-yellowstone-hot-water-source.html
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2011GC003835
https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/yellowstone/
https://www.chemistryworld.com/opinion/can-acid-dissolve-a-body/3007496.article
https://rootsrated.com/stories/hot-springs-around-yellowstone-where-to-legally-take-dip

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