Geothermal formation

Geothermal formation

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Credit: MARTYN F. CHILLMAID/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Geothermal formation. This structure has been formed by deposits of silica from hot water issuing from a shaft. The dissolved silica precipitates out as the water cools. Geothermal areas are where volcanic activity drives hot water and steam to the surface. Photographed in Iceland.

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Keywords: atlantic, close-up, deposit, deposition, detail, europe, european, fumerole, geochemistry, geological, geology, geothermal, geyser, hot springs, hot water, iceland, mineral, physical geography, rock, silica, vent, volcanology, vulcanology, water

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