Where the geysers spout and play-early morning in famous Yellowstone Park, U.S.A.
figureposted on 01.01.1904, 00:00 by No Author
Upper Geyser Basin is one of the most popular places in the Park, only the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Lake rivaling it in its popularity. The Basin covers about four square miles, but the greater part of the pools and geysers are within an area of one square mile. The Basin extends along Iron Spring Creek, on both sides of Firehole River, from Old Faithful Geyser to the mouth of Little Firehole River, and is triangular in shape. This is the true home of the geysers in all their strength and beauty, and of the quiet pools so beautiful in formation and coloring. According to Dr Hayden there are at least 440 springs and geysers, of which 26 are certainly known to be geysers. The volume and temperature of Firehole River are very appreciably increased by the large quantities of hot water flowing into it after eruptions of the large geysers. A cloud of steam hangs over the basin continually, and the roaring and rumbling of the earth can be heard for some distance, and when the torrents of water descend from the large geysers they shake the ground. Surrounding the basin are mountains covered with thick pine forests, but no vegetation can exist in the basin itself. In early morning when the air is very cool the steam from the pools and geysers is condensed and can be more clearly seen than later in the day. It is a fine sight to see them at this time and note their perfect reflection in the river. We fully agree with Mr John Hyde when he said: "Geysers exist, it is true, in Iceland and New Zealand, but there are none to be found in groups so magnificent as here, nor are they likely to be produced elsewhere on so grand a scale."