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After most recent eruption, Steamboat Geyser poised to set new record

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – Wednesday night at 8:37 p.m., Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park had a major eruption for the 29th time this year.

That ties the former record for the most documented Steamboat eruptions in a year.

The Norris Geyser Basin, where Steamboat is located, is closed to the public right now, but after December 15 when the winter season begins in Yellowstone, you will be able to visit the geyser.

To get there, you’ll have to take either a snowcoach or snowmobile tour to Norris and then walk down snow-covered trails and boardwalks to see it.

In the meantime, Yellowstone National Park Spokesperson Morgan Warthin says it’s a big deal for scientists.

“You know, for scientists, they’re excited. I think everyone’s excited but in particular the scientists because Steamboat is doing something that it hasn’t done for quite some time. So, for scientists it’s an opportunity to learn more about this really unique, and what was random, geyser that has now become not so random,” said Warthin.

The geyser has been erupting every 7 to 10 days for about six weeks, so if it keeps that up, it’ll set a new record.

Steamboat is the tallest active geyser in the world. It can shoot water or steam 300 feet into the air with water eruptions lasting from 3 to 40 minutes while steam eruptions last for hours or even days.

John Sherer

John Sherer

Grew up in the lake country of far northern Wisconsin, worked as a radio news anchor in Wisconsin, as a correspondent for the Milwaukee Sentinel, as Senior Producer at WISC-TV in Madison, Wisconsin and as Executive Producer and News Director at KBZK-TV in Bozeman, Montana. Am an avid canoeist.
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