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National Park - Steamboat Geyser
of sign - the Norris Geyser Basin trail in Yellowstone National Park
taken June 2008
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Steamboat Geyser erupts it can rocket a column of scalding water 90-120
meters into the air - two to three times the
height of Old Faithful. Steam roars for twenty-four hours after.
Odds are against your witnessing this drama, however,
Steamboat's major eruptions occur 4 days to 50 years apart. In
Yellowstone's geyser basins, unpredictability is the patter.
Faithful's relatively predictable intervals are the exception. An
earthquake could disrupt Old Faithful's timetable, or a shift in
plumbing could allow Steamboat more frequent eruptions.
order and symmetry in nature can be reassuring, true geyser gazers appreciate
surprise and suspense. Watch the larger,
vent for massive, frequent bursts to heights of at least 5-10 meters,
accompanied by heavy runoff - Steamboat's only
Steamboat Geyser has a major eruption, the deep pool of nearby Cistern Spring
drains almost completely. Gradually within
day or two after Steamboat's eruption Cistern begins to refill.
on the sign
to the text there is a picture of Cistern Spring and an eruption of Steamboat
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