TNB Night Owl – Pacified No Longer

Castle Geyser with double rainbow, by Brocken Inaglory

Yellowstone National Park is the home of America’s most famous geyser, Old Faithful. That is not the only geothermal vent in the park, merely the most prestigious. Some of the others release their steam irregularly or on rare occasions.

One such is Ear Spring geyser, which, prior to its 2018 eruption, had been dormant since 1957. When it finally did blow, it sprayed not only water into the air, but some other things as well.

The cement block may have prevented a small blast somewhere during the intervening years. It probably wasn’t the coins, and certainly not the few cigarette butts (the first seems thoughtless but vaguely romantic to me; the second, disrespectful.) Then there were those items tossed in by people who apparently had an eye for symbolism: a large ear-shaped piece of plastic which resembled the spring, and a baby’s pacifier from the 1930s.

It certainly wasn’t a standard form of time capsule, but it worked as one nonetheless… and gave everyone around a show during the “capsule opening”.

And just for the heck of it, because we could all use a little peace and natural beauty, here are some videos of other geysers spouting off, including a slow-motion Iceland geyser and Old Faithful:

Question of the night: Inspired by all of the hot water… how do you like your tea or coffee?

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