It's not hard to reason this one but you migh...
“Judge, then, what must have been our astonishment, as we entered the basin at mid-afternoon of our second day's travel, to see in the clear sunlight, at no great distance, an immense volume of clear, sparkling water projected into the air to the height of one hundred and twenty-five feet. 'Geysers! Geysers!' exclaimed one of our company.” - Nathaniel P. Langford
As is evident from the above quote, Old Faithful is a cone geyser located in America’s Yellowstone National Park. It was the first of several geysers to be discovered in the park and was therefore the first to be christened.
While Yellowstone National Park stretches across three states, this geyser lies in the northern state of Wyoming. It was discovered during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition in 1870 when the group traveled down the Firehole River from the Kepler Cascades that are 2.5 miles south of Old Faithful.
Eruptions of this geyser tend to shoot about 3,700 to 8,400 gallons of boiling water up to 106 feet in the air! And these eruptions last for anywhere between 1.5 to 5 minutes--a natural wonder indeed!
The highest recorded eruption was 185 feet. Intervals between these eruptions vary from 45 to 125 minutes, and they have slowly increased to an average of 90 minutes over the years. Since it was discovered, over 137,000 eruptions have been recorded!
This geyser has even been subjected to mathematical surveys. Noted naturalist Harry Woodward even described the relationship between the duration of Old Faithful's eruptions and the intervals between those eruptions mathematically.
Given its popularity and countless accounts in American folklore, this geyser has become one of the most famous natural sights in the world. While this is by no means the largest or tallest geyser in the Yellowstone National Park, it does have a particularly small eruption window. This is now a heritage geyser that has been immortalized by poets and writers alike!
Here's a look at Old Faithful in all its glory:
-Pictures courtesy Thinkstock-
you might also like
With Skyfall, director Sam Mendes mixes the old an...
If Bollywood ever went down the 007 agent route, w...