Iron-rich spring

Iron-rich spring

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Iron-rich spring. Travertine deposits (orange) around a natural spring (far left). Travertine is formed as calcium carbonate is precipitated out of hot spring water when it emerges above ground and cools. It is deposited in successive layers, one on top of the other. Usually travertine is pale in colour, but here it has been coloured by high concentrations of mineral iron in the water. Photographed in Kirkjufell, a volcanic region in southern Iceland.

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Keywords: iceland, icelandic, iron, kirkjufell, lush, mineral deposit, natural, precipitate, precipitated, spring, travertine, valley, water source

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