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  • Hey Tom! Do you know how the Hot Springs were created?
  • Yes Sally! A spring is defined as a place where a concentrated is charge of ground water flows at the ground’s surface. 
  • Do you also know how big they can get?
  • Yes! They range in size from intermittent seeps, which flow only after much rain, to huge pools flowing hundreds of millions of gallons daily. 
  • Hmm! Do you know how the water is hot?
  • Yep!  The thermal springs at Hot Springs are heated rain water that originally falls in a broad valley to the north.The water temperature averages 143 degrees F. 
  • Hey I have heard about these things called Ostracods  what are they?
  • Another very small resident of the hot springs that has adapted to life in hot water is definitely an animal, but its species has not yet been determined.
  • What is the chemistry about hot water?
  • As the rainwater falls in the recharge area, it first passes down through leaves, soil and other debris on the surface. The living animals in this debris and soil give off carbon dioxide and this is dissolved in the water (H2O plus CO2 ) and forms a weak carbonic acid H2CO3.
  • How did hot springs develop in Arkansas?
  • To understand how the hot springs located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, developed, we must go back to the Paleozoic era (about 400 million years ago) on the land mass that would become North America. The entire area that would be Arkansas was under the ocean.
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