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There she blows: The incredible
pictures of a man-made geyser in
the middle of the Nevada Desert

Daily Mail [UK], by Jaymi McCann

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 7/15/2013 7:55:36 AM

They 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 described 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

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"Amazing phenomenon" is an understatement. Beautiful photos to add color to your boring old Monday.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel, 7/15/2013 8:06:58 AM     (No. 9424594)

Thanks OP, well worth the click & scroll.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Travis Mcgee, 7/15/2013 8:44:52 AM     (No. 9424660)

Fantastic!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kono, 7/15/2013 9:06:04 AM     (No. 9424701)

Noting how the annual Burning Man festival has far outgrown itself and its home site, it´s easy to imagine how opening Fly Geyser to the public might spawn an alternative location for a desert nature event. So as much as I´d love to be able to just drive up to see this, I can´t blame the property owner for restricting public access.

The photos in this are exquisite, and the captions offer about as much scientific and historical insight as most readers could tolerate. The last few lines seem to struggle, though; and the final line abruptly ends mid-sentence. Did the author get light-headed from volatile fumes in the geyser´s spray and quickly hit ´send´ to submit this before passing out? Or maybe she sneaked onto the property to get the story and had to ´get out of Dodge´ in a hurry?

The multiple spouts mean that a single cone of enormous site has not been able to develop. Yet the alien looking mound is something quite extraordinary, especially with its myriad of colors. The other factor in the strange coloration of the mound is the fact that.

Either way, thanks for the post.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: joew9, 7/15/2013 9:30:39 AM     (No. 9424739)

But if people start coming to the attraction it could spoil the "natural" beauty. Just kidding. It was man made. Put a McDonalds in it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Safari Man, 7/15/2013 10:14:48 AM     (No. 9424816)

Now the Trayvon protestors have another something they can try to destroy. I do hope this can be protected. Some vandals cut down the famous Hwy-50 Shoe Tree and I am really sad about that. I loved that tree and it sickens me we live in a country where people would do that. But look who is our POtuS.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: robert28, 7/15/2013 10:53:34 AM     (No. 9424883)

I was born in Elko, NV, and we had "hot" holes outside of town. There are geothermal areas throughout the state but this one is one that I never knew existed. NV is one of those states that hides its beauty behind sagebrush and rocky hills. You have to search for those sites that are extremely beautiful. Maybe that´s why NV (other than Reno/Vegas) is still so rural and probably will always be. Great!!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: thelmalou, 7/15/2013 11:28:39 AM     (No. 9424938)

The Daily Mail´s stories often have suckish editing (see #3), but their pictures are second to no one. Awesome!


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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 7/15/2013 11:50:42 AM     (No. 9424972)

Where´s the Hollywood anti-fracking crowd on this one? Man-made, eco-friendly, and beautiful? Oh, the humanity!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: MaxWedge, 7/15/2013 2:16:24 PM     (No. 9425280)

You´re right #6. Nevada is a very beautiful state. I live in Winnemucca, about 100 miles from the Fly Geyser. I just wish I could get close to it to take pics like these.

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