The Mysteries of Water

Water has some unusual properties

The Mysteries of Water

Among the most common substances on earth, water is also one of the most mysterious. At Iron Mountain Hot Springs we take great care to respect this natural resource and we are fascinated to learn that water may have some other, albeit controversial, properties too!

We drink it. We cook with it. We bathe in it. Ordinary by all accounts right? Yet throughout the course of humankind, water has held an honored place in scientific and spiritual realms.  

Woman relaxing in the geothermal water at Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Unusual facts about water

  • Biology tells us that our bodies are comprised of 70 percent water and without water we’d die within three to five days.
  • In chemistry we learn that water is the only substance that can exist under ordinary atmospheric conditions in three states — solid, liquid and gas.
  • Water is considered the “universal solvent” because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid.
  • The earth sciences teach that water, in torrents and trickles, carved the world’s deepest canyons.
  • Mineral water rich in calcite deposited over long periods of time created fantastic cave formations like those at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.
  • Sometimes water appears to defy the laws of physics—through weak hydrogen bonds it holds itself together despite the forces of gravity—physics calls this surface tension.  
  • Astronomers named Earth the “planet of water,” because its abundance here is in stark contrast with the rest of the celestial orbs in our solar system.
  • It is said that no two snowflakes are exactly the same—ever! How is that possible?
  • Spiritually, all the religions of the world consider water holy and use it in faith-based ceremonies for cleansing and purification.

Does water have memory & musical preferences?

During his lifetime, the controversial, Japanese scientist and researcher Dr. Masaru Emoto proposed some interesting, if not universally accepted, ideas about water. He hypothesized that water retains a type of memory; it carries an echo of things it has come into contact with on its journey to our taps, lakes, streams and oceans. He also studied how sound affects water. In experiments, he exposed water to classical music and heavy metal, then froze the water and later looked at it under a microscope. The differences in the crystalline structures between the two types of music were indeed dramatic. Water’s most beautiful crystals were formed under the influence of Mozart rather than Motörhead.

Steep in the mystery of water at Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Whether you believe Dr. Emoto’s findings or not, it’s fair to claim water is a unique substance indeed. At Iron Mountain Hot Springs maintaining the purity of our precious, hot springs resource is our top priority. All 16 of our soaking pools are filled with 100-percent pure geothermal spring water, with no chlorine or chemicals added. The water comes from three naturally-occurring springs. It flows through multiple gravity-fed sand filters on our property to remove algae. Each soaking pool is independently plumbed, eliminating flow-through contamination. To keep it in pristine condition, the water in the pools is completely renewed every two hours. To remove hard minerals and other buildup, the soaking pools are also drained and power washed on a regular schedule.

Dr. Emoto’s findings may or may not have merit, but if they do, the water that guests soak in at Iron Mountain Hot Springs might have latent memories of high alpine snowfields, undulating rivers and secret knowledge of what lies deep within the earth’s crust.

Come relax, restore and rejuvenate in our pure hot springs water.

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Karin Gamba

Karin Gamba has been writing professionally for the travel and tourism markets for nearly two decades. She has promoted a wide array of travel products that include destination towns, vacation resorts, golf courses, ski areas, spas, hotels, restaurants and countless visitor attractions. Karin especially loves writing about her hometown of Glenwood Springs.

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