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Abyss Pool
Abyss Pool, Yellowstone National Park, South view 20110818 1.jpg
Abyss Pool
Name origin Chief Park Naturalist Clyde M. Bauer
Location West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Teton County, Wyoming
Coordinates 44°25′06″N 110°34′21″W / 44.4182082°N 110.5725264°W / 44.4182082; -110.5725264Coordinates: 44°25′06″N 110°34′21″W / 44.4182082°N 110.5725264°W / 44.4182082; -110.5725264
Type Hot spring pool
Temperature 181 °F (83 °C)
Depth 53 feet (16 m)

Abyss Pool is a hot spring in the West Thumb Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park in the United States.

History

The pool was named by Chief Park Naturalist Clyde M. Bauer, possibly after a reference to Lieutenant G.C. Doane's 1870 description of a spring in this area which spoke of the visibility of objects in the "deep abysses" of the pool. A visitor in 1883 described it as "a great, pure, sparkling sapphire rippling with heat.".

Geology

Abyss Pool has a depth of 53 feet (16 m). The pool erupted for the first time in recorded history between August 1987 and September 1991 and again between December 1991 and June 1992. The eruptions were between 30 feet (9.1 m) and 100 feet (30 m) high. Since 1992, the pool has returned to its non-eruptive state.

Abyss pool
Abyss Pool with Yellowstone Lake in the background.
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