The tallest active geyser in the world, Steamboat Geyser has remained dormant for years, but now the frequency of eruptions is getting quite mesmerizing. In 2018, geyser erupted thirty-two times, setting a new record. A few eruptions have already happened in 2019 as well. Steamboat Geyser, located in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, has been recorded to spit out water at a height ranging from 300 to 400 feet.
Scientists say this unusual frequency has at least several probable causes. For one, even dormant geysers are, in fact, alive and a lot of activity is going on underground all the time. Over time, the pressure inside geysers increases, which results in eruptions. Another factor is the level of underground waters, which is fluctuating all the time, based on the volumes of snow and rain in the area. As well as that, the landscape is subtly moving all the time.
Fortunately, an increasing frequency of eruptions is not symptomatic of a major caldera eruption of the park’s underlying supervolcano, scientists say. It would take at least a few years and, most likely, decades of mounting evidence of the upcoming eruption.