A famously-noisy geyser in Yellowstone is back after a three-year hiatus
One of Yellowstone National Park’s most famous features is its incredible geysers – and while Old Faithful has the name recognition, there are plenty more to explore.
After three years of silence, one of the most audible geysers in the park is once again reaching the ears of travellers. Ledge Geyser, found in the Norris Geyser Basin in the park, is once again erupting and regaining recognition as one of the nosiest geysers, reports the Billings Gazette.
As they are fuelled by geothermal activity, geyser eruptions can be unpredictable. Old Faithful earned its named for erupting with great regularity, with activity every 35 to 120 minutes.
One of the most famous in the Norris Geyser Basin is the Steamboat Geyser, which is the world’s tallest active geyser – spurting more than twice as high as Old Faithful – and remained quiet for years before bursting back to life last year. Now, it’s joined by the noisy addition of Ledge, which makes so much noise because the water and steam is passing through a small hole in ground.
According to the National Park Service, Ledge is the second-largest geyser in the Norris Geyser Basin. It was inactive between 1979 and late 1993, before starting up and erupting every four to six days from 1994 to 1995.
If that’s spurred your interest in a trip to Yellowstone, it’s worth noting that the park’s East Entrance has opened for the spring, providing the most direct access to the park’s top sites.
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