Solitary Geyser

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Solitary Geyser
Yellowstone Solitary geyser 02.jpg
Location Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Teton County, Wyoming
Coordinates 44°28′08″N 110°49′42″W / 44.468826°N 110.828362°W / 44.468826; -110.828362 (Solitary Geyser)Coordinates: 44°28′08″N 110°49′42″W / 44.468826°N 110.828362°W / 44.468826; -110.828362 (Solitary Geyser)
Elevation 7,543 feet (2,299 m)[1]
Type Fountain geyser
Eruption height 6 feet
Frequency 4-8 minutes
Duration 1 minute

Solitary Geyser is a fountain-type geyser in Yellowstone National Park, located above the Upper Geyser Basin. Eruptions last about a minute and are four to eight minutes apart; most eruptions are less than six feet (1.8 m) in height.[2] Solitary Geyser is accessible via the Observation Point loop trail behind Old Faithful.

Originally this geyser was a hot spring known as Solitary Spring, which did not erupt. When water was diverted to a swimming pool, the water level was lowered sufficiently to cause eruptions. Since then the diversion of water has been stopped and the water has returned to its previous level, but eruptions continue.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Solitary Geyser". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Solitary Geyser". Old Faithful Area Tour. National Park Service. Retrieved January 11, 2009.