Potash Ponds Mesa
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Potash Ponds Mesa is a geological feature and state park in the Hellmouth region of Utah, approximately 10 miles (16km) southwest of the town of Hellmouth, adjacent to Living Horse Point State Plark. It is comprised of 1036 acres (1.62 sq mi) of high desert at an altitude of 4265 feet (1300 meters) surrounded by sheer vertical cliffs that descend into the depths of the Hellmouth sinkhole.
The site was designated as a state park by the state of Utah in the summer of 20XX. Its most notable feature is a series of bright blue potash evaporation ponds, abandoned by their original caretakers shortly after the appearance of the sinkhole that destroyed the surrounding region in July of the same year.
Before the destruction of the surrounding hillside, the vibrant blue evaporation ponds were a distinctive and vital part of a large potassium-chloride (potash) mining operation. Potash-laden water would be pumped into these ponds and dyed blue to speed their evaporation, and once evaporated, the crystalized potash would be collected and shipped. The pools are the last fully intact portion of the mining operation, the rest of which was swallowed and presumably destroyed during its descent to Hell.
The Hellmouth appears unable or unwilling to swallow the bright blue evaporation ponds, which protrude from the infinite darkness atop a tall mesa. Despite the abrupt cessation of normal mining activity and the complete destruction of all necessary water pumping equipment, the pools appear to be refilling and evaporating in accordance with their normal schedule. The blue-dyed potash-laden water appears from an unknown source, suggesting that the Hellmouth may possess a detailed understanding and possibly a curious respect for the potash mining process.
Following their abandonment, an unknown new group[Who?] has taken over the task of collecting the evaporated Potash salt from the ponds, constructing a complex rope-and-pulley system used to cross the gaping Hellmouth. These new individuals have been observed wearing thick rubber gloves, and chemical-resistant boots, while preforming tasks in the area, along with half-face respirators and polarized goggles that obfuscate their identities. Any and all attempts to approach for comment have not been met with anything more than blank stares and heavy breathing.
The region's new state park designation requires that the site be open to the public, defying common sense and the wishes of Hellmouth Anti-Tourism Board. The ponds are becoming a popular tourist destination despite their remote location, treacherous cliffs, and steadily rising number of silent, goggle-wearing potash collectors. Visitors to the site must also be careful not to see, hear, or otherwise comprehend the nearby "Colorado River" Reemergence.
The Anti-Tourism Board is currently disputing the state park designation in the court of law.
- ↑ Assumed, due to the polarization of each members' goggles.
- ↑ See Hellmouth Anti-Tourism Board v. Utah
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