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Soda Dam, which was formed by water from underground geothermal springs, began forming hundreds of thousands of years ago. The hot water carries dissolved minerals and deposits them at the surface in thin layers of finely crystalline calcium carbonate, travertine. (Courtesy of New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources)

Soda Dam, which was formed by water from underground geothermal springs, began forming hundreds of thousands of years ago. The hot water carries dissolved minerals and deposits them at the surface in thin layers of finely crystalline calcium carbonate, travertine. (Courtesy of New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources)

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