Havasu Creek Travertine Pools


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Havasu Creek is a stream associated with the Havasupai Indians.

Back of postcard reads, "Travertine Pools. The carbonates and minerals carried by Havasu Creek create these pools as the water evaporates."

As groundwater percolates through the Grand Canyon's numerous limestone layers, it dissolves abundant calcite. When the water emerges at a spring, or where it is agitated at a rapid or a waterfall, it loses dissolved carbon dioxide. This reverses the chemical reaction that dissolved the limestone in the first place, causing calcite to precipitate out of the water as travertine.

(Source: https://www.earthmagazine.org/article/travels-geology-havasu-canyon-land-blue-green-water/)


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