Yellowstone Geyser Keeps Erupting: Scientists Don’t Know Why

by | Jun 27, 2019 | Headline News | 10 comments

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    Scientists have said that the Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park keeps erupting erratically and they can’t pinpoint a reason.  This recent activity is a new record for the geyser, which has come back to life in recent years.

    According to the Billings Gazette, the Steamboat geysers’ eruptions are historic. This recent activity is the shortest time ever recorded between eruptions. Yellowstone National Park’s Steamboat Geyser blasted steam and water into the air at 12:52 p.m. local time on June 12. Then, three days, 3 hours and 48 minutes later at 4:40 p.m. on June 15, it blasted steam and water into the air again, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS)’s Volcano Hazards Program. That’s a new record for the geyser.

    The newspaper also reported that the eruptions were especially dramatic, large and loud, with one ejecting a rock that shattered a wooden post. Researchers don’t have good, tested theories to explain why geysers like one this slip in and out of active periods, according to the Gazette. Which can be translated as: we have no idea what the hell is going on, all we know is don’t panic.  “Geysers are supposed to erupt, and most are erratic, like Steamboat,” the USGS wrote in a statement. Meaning, don’t worry about the supervolcano erupting any time soon. Especially considering  Steamboat’s eruptions records only go back to 1982, the Billings Gazette noted. Of course, Yellowstone’s history is much older than that.

    The eruptions suggest that now is a particularly good time to go see Steamboat Geyser erupt if you are interested in doing so. After all, the scientists say its perfectly safe. The geyser set a record for the total number of eruptions back in 2018, with 32 in the calendar year, according to USGS. Already in 2019, there have been 24 eruptions, six of them in June at the time of Billings Gazette’s reporting.

    “I wish I could tell you,” said Michael Manga, of the University of California, Berkeley, who studies geysers when asked why Steamboat has been more active. “I think this is what makes Steamboat, and geysers in general, so fascinating is that there are these questions we can’t answer.” Manga, however, was a bit more cautious about the geyser’s activity. He stressed that it “should trouble everyone” that scientists can’t better explain geysers since they are similar in many respects to their much more dangerous cousin, the volcano. Steamboat sits atop the Yellowstone supervolcano, a large caldera that has erupted in the past.

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    Michael Poland, the scientist in charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, said the irregularity of Steamboat is just “a geyser being a geyser.” Poland added: “Steamboat clearly has a mind of its own “and right now it’s putting its independence on display.”


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      1. Michael Poland, the scientist in charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, said the irregularity of Steamboat is just “a geyser being a geyser.”

        Oh, is that all it is? Nothing to do with increased tectonic activity or anything . . .

      2. Seems to me the reason would have to be more water being exposed to the magma. Maybe one of the many recent earthquakes opened up a path for the water. (Not a geologist)

        • Or the magma moved closer to the water.

      3. Scientists don’t know why……..Its simple (cause it can) duh!

      4. Nothing going on don’t worry keep moving on.
        The point is that the Guru’s have to say this – They can do nothing about it anyway – So keep the plebs quite

      5. Scientists say the Yellowstone caldera is not going to erupt anytime soon. I wonder what they mean by “soon?” I’m not really inspired by ambiguous words like “soon.” If they mean within the next 30 days that’s fine. But are they confident it won’t erupt 60 days from now? A year? 3 years? They really don’t know. This volcano or one of the other super volcanoes around the world could blow a year from now and none of them would see it coming until we were about 2 weeks away from a major SHTF blow out. Realistically it may not erupt for another 500,000 years. And by that time we will have killed ourselves off with a nuclear war, famine, pandemic, A.I. gone berserk, or something else we can’t even imagine. Sorry Mr. Volcano – but when it comes to destroying humanity – if you snooze you lose.

      6. Hmmmm, and last week it was reported that tar is coming out of the ground and cracks in the streets in L.A. near the tar pits.

        Wonder what is happening in other parts of the world that we don’t know about. Maybe they aren’t telling us, or maybe in remote places there is nobody to report it.

      7. There is a simple explanation and it is life-changing. We are in the end times of human history. Mark 13:8 says, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (This is happening right now). There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. (US flood waters will make our production very low this year) These are but the beginning of the birth pains. Do not be a doubter! These things the Bible describes are happening. For more information go to “Happening Now with Jack Hibbs and Don Stewart” on Youtube. They had an update on June 26, 3 days ago and it was awesome!

      8. I use to think I was allergic to peanut butter, then I found out I was really only allergic to the peanuts! Trekker Out

      9. Hahaha! Foolish, puny Earthlings! You are nothing more than insignificant fleas along for the ride. Get used to it and get over yourselves. It’s a giant, whirling ball of molten rock and iron that you cling to as it hurtles recklessly through a deadly cosmos yet you expect even the lowly geysers to conform to your imaginary clocks and calendars performing predictable tricks as if they were attractions at Disney World. Have a big glass of reality. You are lucky that you were ever here at all. Now, run for your lives! Hahaha!

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