World's tallest geyser keeps erupting, and scientists aren't sure why

World's tallest geyser keeps erupting, and scientists aren't sure why

World's tallest geyser keeps erupting, and scientists aren't sure why

The last eruption was 70,000 years ago, and there are no signs of another one, including the recent Steamboat activity, he said Sunday.

Steamboat Geyser, known as the largest active geyser in the world, had two other explosions on March 15 and April 19. When Steamboat does erupt, however, the water column can reach 300 feet in the air!

The park's most famous geyser, Old Faithful, is a fraction of the size of Steamboat and erupts every 45 to 125 minutes.

Over the past six weeks, the Steamboat geyser has erupted three times, including once this week. It has multicolored springs, mud pots and geysers, making Yellowstone National Park an fantastic place to visit.

Michael Poland, a scientist at the USGS Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, told ABC News these recent eruptions are not unprecedented.

We previously reported Steamboat had erupted March 15, 2018.

Park geologists compared the report with seismic activity and the discharge of water and concluded the eruption probably started at 6:30 a.m. According to the geyser monitoring site GeyserTimes, while more active geysers may roar to life weekly or daily, Steamboat generally saves up its strength for very occasional blasts.

A full-steam eruption-like this one from June 2005-looks more like this.

The activity of the third eruption was observed from a driver passing through the area.

Yellowstone is placed on top of a vast volcano crater, hosting a diverse and expansive hydrothermal system.

And who knows, maybe one of those eruptions will happen again soon.

In a recent blog post on the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory website, USGS scientists detailed the latest outbursts.

Michael Poland, scientists in charge of the observatory, concluded that the odd eruptions that occurred on March 15, April 19, and Friday could indicate a thermal disturbance underneath the geyser's basin.

But since most geysers produce erratic activity, the trio of eruptions "might just reflect the randomness of geysers", Poland said. But since May 2000, 10 significant eruptions have occurred.

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