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Yellowstone National Park - Aurum Geyser


Location of sign - Upper Geyser Basin near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park


Photo taken June 2008

Aurum Geyser, Aurum Geyser sign, Upper Geyser Basin Yellowstone National Park  

Close-up view of sign


Aurum Geyser, Aurum Geyser sign, Upper Geyser Basin Yellowstone National Park

Wide view of sign


Text of sign:


Aurum Geyser


Aurum is Latin for "gold."  The geyser was named for the color of iron oxide deposits lining the vent's rim.  During eruptions, which

occur every 2.5 - 5 hours, water and steam are ejected to heights often exceeding 20 feet.

Fun Facts


Aurum Geyser is a cone-type geyser.

Prior to an earthquake in 1983 Aurum Geyser rarely erupted. 


Eruptions last about a minute.


Geyser Types


All geysers are essentially hot springs that periodically erupt.  Beyond this broad similarity they can be grouped into two

categories: cone geysers (Old Faithful is the most famous of this type) and fountain geysers (like Sawmill or Grand Geysers).


Graphics on the sign


In addition to the text there is a picture of Aurum Geyser and a graphic that shows the difference between fountain and cone 



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