Yellowstone National Park Sees Increase In Eruptions
The world’s largest active geyser, located in Yellowstone National Park, has been flexing her muscles, according to park employees. For the first time since 2014, a new set of eruptions has plagued the area.
Park employees first reported seeing an eruption at Steamboat Geyser last Thursday. According to geologists, this eruption is likely a part of a series of “minor eruptions.”
Difficulty in travel due to snowpack and blizzards reduces the number of people who witness this sort of volcanic eruption appearing sight in the area, however, geologists were able to combine the few eyewitness accounts they have on file with thermal sensory output. To be clear, geyser eruptions and volcano eruptions are vastly different mechanisms. Although they both depend on heat inside the earth as fuel for their powerful burst of vapor into the sky, a geyser uses underground water that’s ‘heated up.’ Geysers do not rely on volcano regions to thrive, however, they notoriously share the same regions. Geyser eruptions can shoot up to 400 feet into the air.
A Yellowstone Super Volcano eruption would destroy the region.
Here’s some video from the Steamboat Geyser 2014 eruptions.
Author: Jim Satney
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