Study of the distribution of the hot springs and travertine deposits of Hammam Meskoutine in Algeria throws light on the structure of the region. The springs are oriented along a network of very deep fissures. Hydrodynamic conditions permitting rapid ascent of the spring waters to the surface account for their exceptionally high temperature (93.9 degrees C) and enormous discharge (at least 15 m <sup>3</sup> per minute). Deposition of calcareous sinter, in the form of stalagmitic, conical, and elongate concretionary masses, amounts to two tons a day.

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