- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) - Arches National Park officials are asking visitors not to throw coins in ephemeral pools, reminding them that desert potholes are not wishing wells.

KSL-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1FEl2ME ) that park rangers found a number of coins Sept. 22, they believe they were left there by passing hikers.

Officials say coins can change the chemistry of the pools and affect the life forms that live in them. The pools provide a habitat to small organisms and microorganisms that are very sensitive to sudden changes in water chemistry, temperature changes and sediment input.

Officials say leaving coins in potholes is the same as littering or leaving graffiti on the trail and remind hikers to pack out everything they pack in.

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Information from: KSL-TV, https://www.ksl.com/

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