Hiker Dies After Falling Into A Yellowstone Hot Spring

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There is nothing as fun as taking a nature walk. It’s refreshing indeed, but the golden rule of any nature walk is to always stick to the right path. Recently a tragedy happened at Yellowstone National park after a man died. The guy stumbled into the hot spring after he accidentally wandered to a designated path. The 23-year-old man was known as Colin Nathaniel. Nathaniel fell into the Norris geyser Basin. The incident took place on June 7. Ever since the incident took place officials at the basin have tried to recover the body but with no success. Charisa Reid, who happens to be the park's spokeswoman said that on June 8 rangers were able to recover the personal effects of the deceased but were unable to recover any remains of the deceased. There were no remains left to be recovered.

Nathaniel makes it to the list of the 22 people who have died in the spring. Nathaniel and his sister had wandered off the foot path while walking in the park. They wandered close to 200 meters from the path, it was then that he accidentally slipped and fell directly into the hot spring. The springs are most volatile in the region. Nathaniel was instantly killed. All the deaths that have been reported have been accidents, even though two of the accidents happened when the victims tried to swim in. The Yellowstone’s caldera has a big magma source that always builds up beneath it; this gives the National Park over 10,000 thermal natural features. 

The park is known for its famous hot springs and geysers. Snowmelt and rain water tend to perchlorate into the ground, they in turn get heated from a distance by the mantel hotspot that is underneath. The springs are one of the hottest in the world and if anyone falls the way Nathaniel did, then they will suffer an instant painful death. The acidic round water is pushed skywards when they are succumbed to very high pressures and very high temperatures, hence the water speeds upwards from the geysers. The springs are also home to the thermophiles microorganisms that are known as archae. The average temperature of the water is 93 degrees Celsius, and gets higher when subjected under high pressures and high temperatures. 

The park has made it clear to visitors in the park to keep off the springs; there are signs and marks that have been placed to remind visitors of the dangerous hot springs. The signs were set up by scientific experts and the park officials. The other recent incident that took place was about a 13-year-old boy who slipped into one of the springs, even though he survived, the boy was severely burnt. The park tries to maintain the warnings by the park officials constantly reminding people of the dangers around them. The safest way is to stay on the right path and follow what the park officials say.

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