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Kanuti Hot Springs
Kanuti Hot Springs Area of Critical Environmental Concern, Alaska
Location Alaska
Coordinates 66°20′30″N 150°50′44″W / 66.34167°N 150.84556°W / 66.34167; -150.84556Coordinates: 66°20′30″N 150°50′44″W / 66.34167°N 150.84556°W / 66.34167; -150.84556
Type geothermal spring
Temperature 110°F to 151°F

Kanuti Hot Springs is a geothermal spring in an area of critical environmental concern in the Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, 15 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

Water profile and geology

The hot mineral water emerges from the ground between 110 °F to 151 °F. Colonies of cyanobacteria grow in the spring, coloring areas along the edges with white, yellow and orange residue. Rainwater percolates through a deep fracture in the bedrock where it is heated by magma and emerges through rocks near the surface. Granitic rocks of the hot springs pluton have intruded on the south side of the Caribou Mountain complex. There is no indication of asymmetrical profiles that are characteristic of ultramapfic complexes.

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