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National Park - Riverside Geyser
of sign - Upper Geyser Basin near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park
taken June 2008
view of sign
view of sign
the Firehole River is Riverside Geyser, one of the most predictable and consistent
geysers in Yellowstone. Beginning an
or two before an eruption, water pour over the cone's edge and splashing and
bubbling become visible. Then, water and
arch over the river to heights of 75 feet. The eruption will last about
22 minutes. As the water diminishes during the eruption,
continues to billow out, and, the light is right, rainbow often form in the
Geyser is a cone-type geyser.
are very predictable, taking place every 5.5 to 7.5 hours.
is Riverside Geyser so predictable?
many other geysers and hot springs in the Upper Geyser Basin,
Riverside may not be connected to nearby features and thus,
a relatively constant source of heat and water. It is also
uniquely unaffected by other forces such as earthquakes, which
up underground plumbing systems by closing old channels, creating
new ones, and changing patterns of water circulation.
exhibit made possible by a generous grant from the Yellowstone Association.
on the sign
addition to the text there is a picture of Riverside Geyser erupting.
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