What makes some of Yellowstone's hot springs deadly?


Today’s Video of the Day from the American Chemical Society (ACS) explains why some of the water found in the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park can actually be deadly..

Hot springs are the result of geological activity within the Earth’s crust, and the water in Yellowstone often mixes with volcanic chemicals that make it acidic.

More dangerous than sulfuric acid, however, is the temperature of the water. Most hot springs are well over 150 degrees Fahrenheit, and some even reach close to 200 degrees.

This video is part of the ACS series Reactions.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: American Chemical Society

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