Minute Geyser - a sad monument to human ignorance
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 44° 43.502 W 110° 42.370
12T E 523268 N 4952447
A marker remembering an impressive geyser that was destroyed by human ignorance in the 1950s.
Waymark Code: WM6GRK
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 06/02/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member robbdogg120
Views: 39

This marker comemorates the sad loss of one of Yellowstone's most impressive geysers due to human ignorance.

In the early years of Yellowstone National Park, there was a stagecoach station near this geyser. Back then, it erupted precisely every 60 seconds, sometimes as high as 50 feet as seen on the picture taken in 1948.

Visitors waiting for coaches amused themselves by tossing coins, rocks and other objects into the geyser. Over time, these ignorant acts plugged the geyser’s plumbing, effectively killing it.

These days, the geyser is only erupting through its smaller eastern vent. Eruptions are irregular and usually not higher than 1-3 feet. It stands as a sad example for humankind’s lack of understanding the principle driving forces in nature.

At last, we can only protect what we love; and we can love only what we understand; and we can understand only what we are taught.

Marker Name: Minute Geyser - Choked by Ignorance

Marker Type: Rural Roadside

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Group Responsible for Placement: National Park Service

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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