How hot are the springs at Yellowstone?
With magma bubbling so close to the surface, geysers and hot springs can reach burning temperatures. The Scotts happened to choose the hottest thermal region in the park, where temperatures can reach 237 degrees Celsius (roughly 456 degrees Fahrenheit).
During an eruption, the water temperature at the vent has been measured at 204°F (95.6°C). The steam temperature has been measured above 350°F!
- Its average interval between eruptions varies from 60 – 110 minutes. An eruption lasts 1 1/2 to 5 minutes, expels 3,700 – 8,400 gallons (14,000 – 32,000 liters) of boiling water, and reaches heights of 106 – 184 feet (30 – 55m).
- Old Faithful is a cone geyser located in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, United States. It was named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition and was the first geyser in the park to receive a name.
- You could fit Tokyo, the world's biggest city, in Yellowstone's super-volcanic crater. Three super-eruptions at Yellowstone appear to have occurred on a 600,000-700,000 year cycle starting 2.1 million years ago. The most recent took place 640,000 years ago – suggesting Yellowstone is overdue for an eruption.
The temperature of the hot springs is up to 100°C and some are constantly boiling: if the temperature at depth rises above boiling, the hot springs erupt which means that they are geysers.
- Icelandic volcanoes. Iceland is home to 32 volcanic systems encompassing around 130 volcanic mountains, 18 of which have erupted since the settlement of Iceland in around 871 CE. Some volcanoes are considered to be extinct because they have not erupted for more than 10,000 years and are not expected to erupt again.
- To heat the water, the current passes through electrical-resistance heating elements—usually two, one at the middle of the tank and one at the bottom. Power is delivered to each element through a thermostat—a switch that senses the water temperature.
- Most natural gas water heaters operate with a pilot light, heating water even when the electricity is out. And since they reheat water almost twice as fast as electric models, relying on a gas water heater for bathing during an outage continues to be economical.
The Geysers of Yellowstone. Yellowstone National Park's thermal features can be seen as the product of millions of years of geology at work. Geysers are hot springs that erupt periodically. The eruptions is the result of super-heated water below-ground becoming trapped in channels leading to the surface.
Grand Prismatic Spring Type Hot spring Discharge 560 US gallons (2,100 L) per minute Temperature 160 °F (70 °C) Depth 160 feet (50 m)
- In Yellowstone National Park there are about 500 geysers and some 10,000 thermal features. Yellowstone contains the majority of the world's known geysers. The geysers and other features are major attractions. Old Faithful geyser is perhaps the park's best know and most visited attraction.
- A geyser is a vent in Earth's surface that periodically ejects a column of hot water and steam. Even a small geyser is an amazing phenomenon; however, some geysers have eruptions that blast thousands of gallons of boiling-hot water up to a few hundred feet in the air. Old Faithful is the world's best-known geyser.
Updated: 3rd October 2019