Saturday, October 5, 2013

GEYSERS (and what they teach me)

Are you tired of hearing about my trip to Yellowstone National Park this summer? That sight was beautiful, awe-inspiring, and taught me many lessons. We spent 4 days viewing the park. By that time, we were geysered out. No, for you grammar gals, that's not a real word, but that was how we felt.

Near Yellowstone Lake, an example of fumaroles.
Much of Yellowstone sits within the confines of an ancient exploded crater from volcanic eruption.







The four basic types of thermal features present in the park are geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, and mudpots.


Ten thousand thermal features are within the park, more than anywhere in the world. Only four other places have any of these; New Zealand, Indonesia, Siberia, and Chile.

Mudpot near Old Faithful

Steam vents (of all kinds)  are cracks in the surface of the ground through which pressurized steam from below escapes to the surface, oftentimes with a hissing sound.


Some give a strong smell of sulphur.  Charles's nose wrinkled at this. Since I have little sense of smell, this didn't bother me.

Crown geyser
One thing that surprised me was that there are five or more geysers that erupt steam at regular, documented times. One of those is the crown geyser. We snapped this photo when the eruption was just beginning. It can be counted on about every 90 minutes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Isn't God's world phenomenal?


The geyser walk scared the daylights out of me. Near Old Faithful where can be found a huge concentration of geysers and mudpots, we strolled a wood-plank broad-walk across miles of geysers. Some periodic, some constant eruptions bubbled on either side. There are no handrails. My overactive imagination built up worries about what happens if you trip and fall in those geysers. Most of them are in excess of 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Scary indeed. Praise God, we didn't fall.

Mammoth Hot springs is the home of most of the hot springs. They come in layers and look like white snow. Totally different, but equally interesting to visit. Though we strolled another walkway, the fear wasn't as real because there's no bubbling.
 
 
Of course, my pictures of geysers in Yellowstone Park wouldn't be complete without the most famous one, Old Faithful. This one erupts ever 40-90 minutes and attracts visitors from all over the world. We viewed the eruption twice. Awesome!
 



Now, for the lesson I learned in touring geysers and other thermal features?

Hell is real.
Hell is at the center of the earth.
God is far more powerful than I can imagine or begin to envision

I welcome corrections, suggestions, or observations from my viewers. Have you traveled to Yellowstone? What was your take-away? Did you learn anything from my simple notes?

1 comment:

Moonine Sue Watson said...

I went there as a child. I remember being afraid of falling in the mud pots. I have a beautiful picture of morning glory pool that my mother took. A few years ago, a youngster did fall into one of the pools, I think. He was horribly burned, but as I recall he survived.