Yellowstone Steaming Acid Pools of Death

Although beautiful, Yellowstone Park has some inherent dangers. An episode of a larger Reactions series explains how the volcanic hot springs in the park affect the pH of the water as well as its temperature. Learners make connections to the chemical make-up of the water and its acidic levels.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Incorporate during a lesson on acids and bases
  • Post on a class website to allow for independent viewing
Classroom Considerations

  • Familiarity with the features of Yellowstone National Park are helpful

  • Shows video footage of the park to help pupils connect with the content
  • Emphasizes key scientific terms throughout the lesson

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