How do hotsprings form?



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    Essentially, hot springs are those that have water that flows at a temperature significantly higher than that of the surrounding area. There are hot springs in the Canadian Rockies, the Royal National Park, in and around Yellowstone National Park, as well as in Alaska and many other areas. Depending on where the springs are formed, the process may vary slightly, but generally the water will initally be cold runoff that increases in temperature through movement and exposure to many sediments and other elements found in nature.

    For example, in the Rockies:

    “As rain falls on the surrounding peaks, it percolated into the rather porous sedimentary rocks. As it descends through the rock, it picks up a variety of materials, everything from radium to sulphur. Also, as it moves further beneath the surface, it heats up from the primal heat of the Earth. Eventually, it encounters a large thrust fault, or crack. As water descends behind it, it forces the now heated water to ascend along the fault-line to surface as a hot or warm spring.”

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    Three key ingredients must be present in order for a hot spring to form: plenty of water, a heat source, and an underground circulation system.  The water makes its way through the soil to the heat source amongst the volcanic rock.  Once there, the water is heated.  Since heat rises, the water begins to travel back towards the surface thus creating the hot spring.  

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