Yellowstone National Park is home to a whole host of fearsome beasts as well as a ‘supervolcano’ capable of wiping out humanity.
But none of these elements are as dangerous and deadly as the park’s spectacular yet lethal hot springs, which are to blame for more injuries and deaths than any bears, wolves, lynx or mountain lions.
An enormous magma body and hotspot plume beneath Yellowstone Caldera, aka the supervolcano, make the park’s geysers and springs scorching hot, very acidic and immensely dangerous.
They look incredible, enticing almost, but as lockdown restrictions lift anyone desperate to venture into the great outdoors and off the beaten path, would do well to think twice.
One horrifying example of why it’s wise to take heed of such warnings, is the man who was boiled alive in front of his sister, who filmed the whole thing on her phone.
In 2016, Colin Scott, 23, died after he slipped and fell into one of the park’s hot springs near the Porkchop Geyser.
First, he was boiled alive, but as if that wasn’t grisly enough, his body was dissolved by the acidic water before he could be saved.