GEYSERS / Hot Springs DAMAGED OR DESTROYED BY MAN

Photo: Minute Geyser in Norris Geyser Basin before it was damaged. Photo by Haynes from the Gregory Jones Collection.

Geysers are fragile, temporary, geologic features. Nature itself can destroy geysers. Some geysers die because their water or heat source change, move or disappear. Some breech their seal due to the force of their eruptions and "blow-up" while others are destroyed by volcanic action or natural processes like landslides. This all is part of the natural processes that governs geothermal features. Man, however, sometimes hastens the demise of geysers. Debris thrown into their vents can block the throat of a geyser and block the eruptions. Over the years thoughtless visitors have damaged the world's geysers by throwing debris or foreign substances into thermal features. Some geyser areas are not well protected and vandalism, though sometimes present, is not the main threat to the hydrothermal features. Some have been destroyed by development such as hydroelectric projects whose dams have flooded hydrothermal areas. The biggest threat to the world's geysers is from geothermal drilling and power plant development. Whole geyser basins have disappeared when Geothermal plants have started operation in Iceland, New Zealand, Nevada, and elsewhere. Many more including Yellowstone have been threatened or are currently being threatened by Geothermal development.. The list below contains the names of some of the geysers and geyser areas that have met their demise or have been significantly altered due to the action of man.

NAME
Location
When Damaged
STATUS
HOW DAMAGED
WHO DAMAGED
NOTES
Morning Glory Pool
Yellowstone: Upper Geyser Basin
over many years until 1980's
Damaged
Coins and other objects which partially plugged up spring and decreased water temp .
Hundreds of Tourists
The change in water temperature allowed algae that prefer cooler water to grow which changed the pool's color'
Handkerchief Pool
Yellowstone:
1926
Damaged
Logs forced in to one of the vents
Unknown Vandals
 
Abuse Spring
Upper Geyser Basin
early days of the park
Damaged
Trash and junk thrown into pool
Hotel Employees
 
Thud Geyser
Lower Geyser Basin
early days up to 1927
Damaged
Trash and Junk thrown into geyser
Hotel Employees/ visitors
 
Ebony Geyser
Norris Geyser Basin
1950's
Destroyed
Apparently, Rocks, logs, debris thrown into geyser.
Visitors/Vandals
 
Minute Geyser
Norris Geyser Basin
 
Damaged
Rock stuck in vent
Visitor/Vandalsl
Geyser activity moved to nearby opening but eruptions changed from 60 feet in height to 4 feet in height.
Beowawe Geyser
Beowawe Geyser Field, Nevada
1950's
Destroyed
Geothermal Drilling
   
Spitfire Geyser
Beowawe, Nevada
1950's
Destroyed
Geothermal Drilling
   
Teakettle Geyser
Beowawe, Nevada
1950's
Destroyed
Geothermal Drilling
   
Pincushion Geyser
Beowawe, Nevada
1950's
Destroyed
Geothermal Drilling
   
Numerous on main Terrace (about 26)
Beowawe, Nevada
1950's
Destroyed
Geothermal Drilling
   
3 geysers on Valley Floor
Beowawe, Nevada
1980's-all gone by 1987
Destroyed
Geothermal Power Plant Operation
   
Numerous
Steamboat Springs, Nevada
1989
Destroyed
Geothermal
power plant Operation
   
Gryla (Geyser)
Reykir, Iceland
 
Destroyed
Geothermal drilling
   
Littli (Geyser)
Reykir, Iceland
 
Destroyed
Geothermal Drilling
   
At least 12 geysers
Reykir, Iceland
 
Destroyed
Geothermal Drilling
   
Orakeikorako Geyser
Orakei Korako, New Zealand
 
Destroyed
Flooded by manmade reservoir
   
Minguini Geyser
Orakei Korako, New Zealand
 
Destroyed
Flooded by man-made reservoir
   
Rameka
Orakei Korako, New Zealand
 
Destroyed
Flooded by manmade reservoir
   
Terata
Orakei Korako, New Zealand
 
Destroyed
Flooded by man -made reservoir
   
Porangi
Orakei Korako, New Zealand
 
Destroyed
Flooded by man-made reservoir
   
Et Mime-a-
homani-te-
rangi
Orakei Korako, New Zealand
 
Destroyed
Flooded by Man-made reservoir
   
Around 100 Geysers
Wairakei, New Zealand
 
Destroyed
Geothermal Power Plant
   
Numerous Geysers
The Spa Near Taupo, New Zealand
 
Destroyed
Geothermal Power plant
   
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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