The Fascinating Explanation Behind This Famous Wyoming Geyser Is Intriguing

Although there are around 500 geysers in Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful is the one that most people know. It’s existed for tens of thousands of years and was discovered by the Washburn Expedition over a century ago, but it’s only been recently that scientists have started figuring out how it works.

Sure, geologists have been able to make educated guesses about how geysers work in general, but because of an internal temperature that remains over 200 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s previously been impossible to study the exact mechanics that force steam and super-heated water out of the earth on a predictable schedule. A recent study using current technology, however, has resulted in surprising new information that shines a light on how Old Faithful operates.

The mechanics of nature are fascinating. What Wyoming geothermal features intrigue you?