News February 11, 2019

Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser Active

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Steamboat Geyser is still at it. Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, purported to be the world’s tallest active geyser, erupted for a fifth time this year on Friday. The thermal feature had been dormant for about 50 years, before waking up in 1961 and erupting sporadically until last year. That’s when the geyser located in Norris Geyser Basin spouted off 32 times through the year, breaking all records since the park has been keeping track. Since that time, it has been erupting at an average of every one to two weeks. Steamboat started this year with a January 4theruption, followed by one on the 16th, then the 25th, February first, and again Friday. The National Park Service says of the geyser, “A major eruption of Steamboat Geyser is unforgettable. Water surges from two vents to varying heights, then suddenly water is expelled to more than 300 feet high.” By contrast, Old Faithful sends its eruptions 106-184 feet into the air. However, Old Faithful erupts about every 90 minutes, earning it its name.  Steamboat was given its name by members of the 1878 Hayden expedition for its roaring sound thought similar to that of “an old-style paddle wheel steamboat.”

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