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Fly Geyser In Nevada

ATT000321They could be pictures of another planet or the set of a science fiction movie. But it is in fact an amazing phenomenon created by accident in the middle of the Nevada Desert.
The otherworldly images show Fly Geyser, a little-known attraction, as one of the most beautiful sights in the state.
Located 20 miles north of Gerlach, in Washoe County, it was accidentally created in 1916 during well drilling.
The geothermically heated pack of water found a weak spot in the wall in the 1960s and began escaping, creating a geyser. Over the years, dissolved minerals created the mound that water now spews up to five metres from.

The geyser contains several terraces discharging water into 30 to 40 pools over an area of 30 hectares (74 acres).
These ponds are forming an ecosystem, with small fish and birds such as swans and mallards enjoying the geyser. Its rainbow colouration comes from the various minerals that are in the water reacting with oxygen in the air.

It is covered with thermophilic algae which as a heat tolerant microorganism that thrives in this sort of hot environment

David Jamison, who gives tours to the geyser said: ‘I’d like to see more people be able to enjoy it.

‘The colours they change constantly depending on the season and how much water is on them

‘When I saw it for the first time it wasn’t this big. This whole area’s kind of magic, there’s no aeroplanes here or cars. It’s just peaceful and quiet, all these beautiful mountains around. And the sound of the water.’
Fly Geyser is located on private land and is locked behind a closed gate and a fence topped with barbed wire. It is rarely open to the public but can be viewed from the road.

4 comments on “Fly Geyser In Nevada

  1. russtowne
    September 11, 2013

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing these photos and the post with us. I’d not heard of it before.


  2. dorannrule
    September 11, 2013

    Ooooooh! I do want to go there. What a phenomenal secret place. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Michelle
    September 12, 2013

    Wow, that’s awesome!


    • Judy
      September 13, 2013

      It doesn’t look real does it? Simply amazing.
      cheers Judy 🙂


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