Part of Foot, in Shoe, Spotted in Yellowstone – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Yellowstone National Park officials are investigating after a park worker saw part of a foot, in a shoe, floating in a hot spring in the southern part of the park, officials said Thursday.

Tuesday’s discovery at Abyss Pool led to the temporary closure of the West Thumb Geyser Basin and parking lot. The area has since been reopened.

The park had no other information about the investigation to make public on Thursday, park spokesman Morgan Warthin said.

Located west of the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake, Abyss Pool is 16 feet deep and the temperature is about 60 degrees Celsius, park officials said. It is on the south side of the southern loop through the park.

In such hot springs, superheated water cools as it reaches the surface, sinks and is replaced by hotter water from below. The circulation prevents the water from reaching the temperature necessary to trigger an eruption, as happens with geysers in the park, according to the park’s website.

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