10 Things You Should Know About the Geysers in Yellowstone

Leia Smith | 08 - 05 - 2023

Who wouldn’t love the spectacular shows and surprises of nature? Would you like to know about this famous spot that hosts numerous hot springs and geysers?

Yellowstone National Park has amazing things like 2 million acres of majestic mountains, wonderful canyons and colourful landscapes. Among other attractions, Yellowstone is best known for its marvellous geysers which can erupt more than 300 feet. Read on to explore facts about the geysers in Yellowstone. 

Geysers in Yellowstone

Where is Yellowstone National Park located?
  • A. United States of America
  • B. London
  • C. Africa
  • D. India

Yellowstone consists of two types of geysers: Fountain geysers and Cone-like geysers. Fountains geysers flare in different directions whereas Cone geysers shoot the water straight out of the vent.

A remarkable fact is Yellowstone covers more than 500 active geysers and has many geothermal features.  

In Yellowstone, the Steamboat geyser is the tallest and most active geyser in the world which can erupt up to 300 feet(91 m). In 2020, the steamboat geyser flared up 48 times. 

Steamboat’s minor flares can soar up to 6-40 feet with short intervals. Unlike other geysers in Yellowstone Steamboats geyser’s eruptions are unpredictable. 

Old Faithful is the most famous geyser in the Yellowstone National Park. It got its name for its predictability and it erupts up to 100 to 180 feet. Currently, it erupts 20 to 21 times a day. Also, the temperature of the flared-up water is calculated to be 204°F (95.6°C).

Apart from other geysers in Yellowstone, there is the Lonestar geyser which is isolated from the others. This geyser is located three miles away from the Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin. Lonestar is a 12-foot cone-shaped geyser that erupts up to 45 feet in height.

Great Fountain is the most beautiful geyser which erupts 80 feet high for about 30 minutes.

The Beehive geyser’s hose-like structure shoots the water up to 180 feet. A small geyser remains beside the beehive which bubbles before 20 minutes indicating the beehive’s eruption.

You can see a rainbow when the Riverside geyser flares water toward the river.

The Castel geyser is the most significant cone type and the oldest. It erupts for about 20 minutes and produces noisy steam after the eruption.

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