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Yellowstone National Park - Steamboat Geyser


Location of sign - the Norris Geyser Basin trail in Yellowstone National Park


Photo taken June 2008

Steamboat Geyser, Steamboat Geyser sign, Norris Geyser Basin Yellowstone National Park  

Close-up view of sign


Steamboat Geyser, Steamboat Geyser sign, Norris Geyser Basin Yellowstone National Park

Wide view of sign


Text of sign:


Steamboat Geyser


Learning to Love the Unpredictable


When Steamboat Geyser erupts it can rocket a column of scalding water 90-120 meters into the air - two to three times the 

average height of Old Faithful.  Steam roars for twenty-four hours after.  Odds are against your witnessing this drama, however,

since Steamboat's major eruptions occur 4 days to 50 years apart.  In Yellowstone's geyser basins, unpredictability is the patter.  

Old Faithful's relatively predictable intervals are the exception.  An earthquake could disrupt Old Faithful's timetable, or a shift in

subterranean plumbing could allow Steamboat more frequent eruptions.


Eruption Indicators


Though order and symmetry in nature can be reassuring, true geyser gazers appreciate surprise and suspense.  Watch the larger,

upslope vent for massive, frequent bursts to heights of at least 5-10 meters, accompanied by heavy runoff - Steamboat's only 

known eruption indicators.


When Steamboat Geyser has a major eruption, the deep pool of nearby Cistern Spring drains almost completely.  Gradually within

a day or two after Steamboat's eruption Cistern begins to refill.


Graphics on the sign


In addition to the text there is a picture of Cistern Spring and an eruption of Steamboat Geyser.


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