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Geothermal features in Yellowstone

Regardless of where you are from, you have probably heard about Yellowstone National Park.   It has everything you want to see in a National Park – dramatic landscapes, and wildlife such as bison, bears, pronghorns, wolves and elk.  The geothermal features in Yellowstone, including hot springs, fumaroles, mud pots and geysers, are what makes Yellowstone different. 

Yellowstone is huge.  I’ll say that again.  Yellowstone is huge.   The park is one of the most diverse National Parks that I ever visited.  It is over 2 million acres.  That is larger that the states of Rhode Island and Delaware.  Plan enough time for your trip.   I have seen so many people plan two days and there is no way you can see it all in two days.  Then they try to cram so much into a day they don’t enjoy the park.   Don’t underestimate the driving distances in the park.  When you are there expect traffic jams, especially in the summer.  In addition, wildlife and roadwork will also cause traffic jams.  Yellowstone averages over 4 million visitors each year with June and July averaging 100,000 per day.   

Fumaroles, Mud Pots and Geysers of Yellowstone National Park

There are 4 main types of geothermal features in Yellowstone.   Hot Springs, which was covered in this blog.  

So what is a geothermal feature?   Bascally it’s a fancy way of grouping all of the geysers, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs that exist in Yellowstone.   All of the geothermal features start off as the same thing – basically hot water.  By the time the hot water hits the surface, it is one of the four geothermal features.  Which one depends on how much water there is and the geology.  

Geysers

A geyser is a hot spring that discharges intermittent jets of steam and water.  It is produced by the heating of underground water that comes into contact or is very close to magma.  

The most famous geyser is Old Faithful.  Old Faithful is not the largest or the prettiest geyser, but it is known for its fairly regular prediction of times it erupts.  

Fumaroles, Mud Pots and Geysers of Yellowstone National Park | geothermal features in Yellowstone
Old Faithful

White dome geyser is another example.   

Fumaroles, Mud Pots and Geysers of Yellowstone National Park | geothermal features in Yellowstone
White Dome Geyser


Besides the larger geysers, there are smaller geysers. 

Fumaroles, Mud Pots and Geysers of Yellowstone National Park | geothermal features in Yellowstone 

 

Fumaroles

Another geothermal feature in Yellowstone is a fumarole.  A fumarole is a steam vent.  It is the hottest of all of the features.  There are fumaroles all over Yellowstone.  

You can see them from a distance.  

Fumaroles, Mud Pots and Geysers of Yellowstone National Park | geothermal features in Yellowstone 

Fumaroles, Mud Pots and Geysers of Yellowstone National Park 

 

They are alongside hot springs. 

Fumaroles, Mud Pots and Geysers of Yellowstone National Park 

 

In addition, you can see them coming out of rocks as in Orange Spring Mound in Mammoth Hot Springs.  

Fumaroles, Mud Pots and Geysers of Yellowstone National Park 
Orange Spring Mound

 

Sometimes they just appear out of the ground.  

 

Mudpots

Mudpots, sometimes called paintpots, because they can display a lot of colors.  They occur when the supply of hot water is limited and hydrogen sulfide gas is present.  You may remember that smell as the smell of rotten eggs.  These form a gooey mix that burps and bubbles.  

Mudpot

 

Artist Paintpots is one area providing a lot of color as well as views.  Notice the mountains in the background.  It is truly a spectacular view and area to see.  

Artists Paintpots
Artist Paintpots

 

Yellowstone offers extraordinary views, it is constantly changing, and the landscape and wildlife you will see is beautiful.  Yellowstone is meant to be experienced.  Certainly, there isn’t any other place in the United States like it.   Happy travels.


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Debbi Marquette Photography is located in Upstate New York at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.  Debbi is  a travel, landscape and bald eagle photographer specializing in artistic, authentic, and memorable landscape and wildlife photography.   She travels frequently, lives near the mountains and constantly has a camera in her hand to capture photographs so others can see the beauty of our world.

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