Hot springs and agriculture, healthy?

Asked October 3, 2016, 11:41 AM EDT

Hi. I remember once travelling in Iceland, and I particularly remember that the grass around the streams from the hot springs was very green, almost like in a cartoon. Since then I've wondered why that grass was so green, and lately also if it might have some advantages in agriculture, if you could grow the crops next to such streams. Do you know if plants benefit from these hot streams? Kind regards Thomas Boel Denmark

Outside United States

1 Response

I suspect it may have more to do with the temperature and the available moisture than anything else.

Here in Wyoming where we have hot springs the mineral content and ph levels are usually not where we'd like them to be for plant growth.

And it usually takes a plant species that is adapted to those conditions to thrive there.