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The Emerald Pool forms in the Merced River just above Vernal Falls.  Unfortunately, a few careless hikers have tried swimming in Emerald Pool only to be swept downstream and plunge over Vernals Falls to their deaths. Yosemite National Park, Spring Emerald Spring, with its sulfur-lined sides, displays a deep green color, the result of its clear water (which would otherwise display as blue) and the deep yellow coloration of its sulfur lining, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Emerald Pool, Black Sand Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming A visitor photographs Emerald Pool, Black Sand Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Emerald Pool, Black Sand Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Emerald Pools vibrant colors are caused by themophilic (heat-loving) cyanobacteria and algae.  As the temperature of the pool decreases towards its edges, the colors tend to oranges and yellow.  Black Sand Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming The Merced River tumbles over the Silver Apron into Emerald Pool, just above Vernal Falls.  Unfortunately, a few careless hikers have tried swimming in Emerald Pool only to be swept downstream and plunge over Vernals Falls to their deaths. Yosemite National Park, Spring The Emerald Pool forms in the Merced River just above Vernal Falls.  Unfortunately, a few careless hikers have tried swimming in Emerald Pool only to be swept downstream and plunge over Vernals Falls to their deaths. Yosemite National Park, Spring

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Updated: September 21, 2021