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Man Fell, Died and Was Dissolve on Acidic Hot Spring at Yellowstone National Park

Nov 18, 2016 05:00 AM EST
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In a very unfortunate incident, a man was dissolved and melted after accidentally falling into a boiling acidic hot spring inside the Yellowstone National Park.

Reports say the body of Colin Scott, a 23-year old tourist, melted before it can be recovered. Scott's sister witnessed the incident who were taking videos at that time.

The thermal pools inside the Yellowstone National Park are off-limits to tourists given the risks they pose. This wasn't the first time a tourist suffered an ill fate under the unforgiving hot springs inside the park. Last June, another tourist slipped, fell and died in the park's hot spring.

But the problem is not just the hostile characteristics of the thermal pools. Tourists tend to evade the off-limits mark to get a closer look. Obviously, this is putting their lives in danger.

"The whole area is geothermally active," the deputy chief ranger of Yellowstone Lorant Veress said in an interview. "There's a closure in place to protect people from doing that for their own safety. It's a very unforgiving environment," Veress added.

Based on reports, the sibling was even looking for a spot to bathe in the spring. This is despite numerous signs and warnings scattered throughout the park. The victim's sister captured a video of the incident because Colin's sister was filming her brother when he slipped. However, authorities deemed it pertinent to keep the video out of social media and decided not to share it with the public.

The most despondent part is that there were no body, or any part thereof, recovered. The boiling spring managed to dissolve the victim's body in a very short span of time according to the park's officials.

The are where the incident happened is near the caldera of the supervolcano believed to be brewing underneath the Yellowstone National Park. The supervolcano is believed to contain a massive amount of magma underneath the park that can cause a devastating effect if an eruption occurs. It may even cause a drastic global climate change if it happens.

Earlier this year, the supervolcano underneath the Yellowstone National Park made news when some experts say that it might erupt this year, however, geologists say it is not likely to erupt in the next thousands of years.

 

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