Las Cruces Hot Springs, California

There are hot spring lovers, but no earthquake lovers.

However, these are closely related.

It is imaginable that in case of a volcanic earthquake, the magma heats the groundwater.

In case of an earthquake caused by a slip of fault, is there any relevance?


Santa Barbara

The resort area is an hour and a half’s drive from Los Angeles to the direction of Sycamore Hot Springs.

Santa Barbara

The beautiful streetscape looks like Andalucía is one of the reasons for many cottages of celebrities.

However, when tracing history back, you will find another respect.

This earthquake-prone region was heavily damaged in 1925, and the recovery policy created the unified landscape.

Bubbling

After enjoying sea urchins of Santa Barbara, it is 30 minutes’ drive to get to Gaviota State Park.

Trailhead

The parking fee is two dollars.

Only fifteen minutes’ hiking will take you to the hot spring, but pay attention to this fork.

Crossroads

No signposts tell you that the correct direction is the mountain path on the right.

After a while, you will find two outdoor pools in different heights.

Two Pools

The spring water bubbling on the left flows off to the right, becoming cloudy due to the component change.

The water has strong sulfur smell.

The lower pool is muddy due to the deposits of the mineral water.

Lower Pool

The gushing point in the upper pool looks clean enough to dip in.

The lukewarm water around 96 degrees F accompanies air bubbles.

Bubbling

The San Andreas Fault in the neighborhood forms the tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate.

Around the high-pressured plates, a number of faults derives, which makes hollows in the bedrock.

They are considered to be the pathway of groundwater for gushing as hot spring accompanying the geothermal heat and ingredients.

Some geologists says that water pinched in faults accumulates pressures, and the release of pressure causes severe earthquakes as a result.

The world of hot springs seems so deep.

Upper Pool

This pool is shallow on the other hand.

Las Cruces Hot Springs, Gaviota State Park, California, USA
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