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The Accidental Geyser

The Fly Ranch, located in Nevada, is home to the Fly Geyser, a geyser that was created by accident, talk about a happy accident. Road trip!

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Photo by T. Douglas Flicker

In 1916, the land owners attempt to dig a well, in order to make the land fertile for farming. That didn’t work out so well because the water was over 200 degrees, and would kill anything it touched! The well was capped, and abandoned. Then 40 years ago, in 1964, a geothermic energy company decided to make a test well in the same location, several hundred feet from the first geyser. They struck the same hot water, but it wasn’t hot enough for creating energy, so they capped it again, but this time, they didn’t do a very good job. It was leaking.

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Photo by Peter Thoeny, Flicker

The minerals contained in the leaking water were deposited over time, forming a magical rainbow mountain. The awesome array of color is due to the thermophilic algae that thrives in hot and moist environments. Fly geyser continuously spews water into the air, at times sending water 5 feet into the air, reminiscent of a small water volcano. Several terraced pools have formed over time, which gather the hot water that the Fly Geyser spits out.

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Photo by Lisa Stull, Flicker

The geyser is on private property,and trespassing is illegal! But the owners will gladly let you onto the property to check out the Fly Geyser, in exchange for a small fee. It is also visible from the road, but just barely, so bite the bullet and pay the people to get up close and personal with this magical mountain, where we assume unicorns come to drink from.



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