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Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone Has an Eruption for the First Time in 8 Years

Getty Images, photo by Richard Cummins

I have been to Yellowstone National Park and if you have ever been there you know that the Old Faithful Geyser will have an eruption every hour and a half; you can set your clock by it. When I was there I was curious to see if that holds true, and sure enough, ‘thar she blows’. There’s another geyser in Yellowstone that’s not as faithful.

The Steamboat Geyser, which is the world’s tallest, erupted for the first time in 8 years, sending steaming hot water 200 to 300 feet in the air.  The thing about the Steamboat Geyser, you never know when it will erupt. It has gone as long as 50 years without activity, however, in 1964, it erupted 29 times. If you’re lucky enough to be in the park when a Steamboat eruption happens, you will probably do the same as people who were there and scramble to see it and get pictures.

The location of Steamboat Geyser is in the Norris Geyser Basin which is a popular viewing area, but this past Wednesday, when the eruption occurred, visitors got an extra special treat.

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