WyoJones' GEYSER SITE

What's UP WITH GEYSERS?

GEYSERS ARE RARE GEOLOGICAL FEATURES  usually associated with volcanic terrains  volcanic rocks with extremely high silica content. THERE ARE 600 TO 700 GEYSERS THAT ARE REPORTED TO EXIST  IN THE WORLD TODAY.  400 TO 500 OF THOSE ARE IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. GEYSERS FORM IN AREAS WHERE GROUNDWATER CAN CIRCULATE   SEVERAL THOUSAND FEET DEEP IN THE EARTH CRUST AND BE HEATED BY A VOLCANIC HEAT SOURCE.  A SPECIAL SET OF GEOLOGIC REQUIREMENTS  ARE NEEDED FOR GEYSERS TO EXIST: 1-   A VOLCANIC  HEAT SOURCE, MOLTEN ROCK (MAGMA), NEAR THE SURFACE, 2- WATER THAT CAN CIRCULATE NEAR THE HEAT SOURCE AND BECOME SUPERHEATED, 3-  A PLUMBING SYSTEM . THOUGH THESE CONDITIONS INDIVIDUALLY ARE NOT UNUSUAL, IT IS THE COMBINATION OF THESE CONDITIONS TOGETHER THAT IS APPARENTLY RARE. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

General Geyser Information   Location Specific geyser Information
  Introduction Wyo.'s general introduction to his geyser pages with the requisite disclaimers . Wyo's GEYSERS IN YELLOWSTONE Page
Images and info on geysers in the Upper, Lower, Midway, Norris, West Thumb, Gibbon, Shoshone, Heart lake, and Lone Star Geyser Basins and in other scattered areas in Yellowstone
  How Geysers work A Good Description from Alan Glennon (outside Link) OLD FAITHFUL GEYSER Wyo's page on the most famous geyser in Yellowstone
 
How Do Geysers Form
  YELLOWSTONE GEYSER LINKS sites from other geyser gazers about Yellowstone and it's thermal features.
  Geyser Definitions: Thermal features defined LINKS TO INFORMATION ABOUT OTHER GEYSER FIELDS WORLDWIDE Information on geysers around the world outside of Yellowstone
  How geysers got there names The story of the great Geysir Geysir  
  Worlds tallest Geysers   Iceland  
   Geysers destroyed List of geysers destroyed by man's carelessness and desire for cheap energy. New Zealand  
  Protecting Thermal Features   Chile  
  Geyser Basin Safety      
  Geyser Related Science and other Projects      
  Geyser FAQ      
  LINKS      
  REFERENCES   OLD FAITHFUL "GEYSER" OF CALIFORNIA Wyo's Page on the manmade geyser in Calistoga, CA. 

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Revised: March 12, 2006.