Steamboat geyser in Yellowstone National Park is the tallest geyser in the world. It can pump out as much as a quarter of an Olympic-sized swimming pool in one eruption. Scientists recently published a study trying to answer questions about why Steamboat came back to life in 2018. One theory was that molten rock under the surface was the cause. If that were the case, a volcanic eruption or hot water explosion could be possible. Luckily, the study ruled that out. The scientists also disproved other theories, like wet years contributing water for eruptions. The water coming from the geyser is actually very old and comes from deep within the earth. To learn more about what they found, check out my story at https://billingsgazette.com/outdoors/study-answers-questions-about-steamboat-geyser-worlds-tallest-in-yellowstone-national-park/article_bda1c186-719c-585e-a963-e9148508b4d2.html.
Written by Brett French – Outdoors Editor for the Billings Gazette/Montana Untamed