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Colorado's hot springs explained: Deep time, deep layers

Posted on AllSides May 18th, 2024
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We soak in Colorado’s hot springs. We feel the sweet relief on body and mind. And we commonly deduce a miracle. Rather, there is a scientific explanation. It’s an explanation dealing with deep time and the deep, subterranean layers of the Earth, where water meets minerals we associate with healing qualities. But we begin in the sky. “Our hot springs all derive from meteoric water, rain or snow,” says Paul Morgan, a longtime geothermal specialist with Colorado Geological Survey. That water travels down the mountains to seep through the ground...

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