Yellowstone thermal spring erupts for 4th time in 60 years
Yellowstone thermal spring erupts for 4th time in 60 years This May 15, 2018 file photo, shows Steamboat Geyser emitting a small jet of steam in Yellowstone National Park. (Rachel Leathe /Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP/AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
Yellowstone thermal spring erupts for 4th time in 60 years
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There is a a thermal spring near Old Faithful. It is in Yellowstone National Park. It has erupted for the fourth time in the last 60 years. That's according to a park official.

Ear Spring on Yellowstone's Geyser Hill went from being dormant on Saturday to spewing steam and water. The height was between between 20 and 30 feet high. It is a height not recorded since 1957. That's according to park spokesman Neal Herbert. It has since continued to erupt at a near-constant height of about 2 feet, he said.

Ear Spring is named for its resemblance to the shape of a human ear. It is one of dozens of geysers, pools and hot springs in Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin. These are among the park's top attractions that feature the popular Old Faithful. Ear Spring last erupted in 2004.

The eruption is among the new thermal activity seen over the last several days on Geyser Hill. It is just across the Firehole River from Old Faithful.

The activity includes new erupting vents and surface fractures. It has led park officials to close a boardwalk in the popular Upper Geyser Basin. This to prevent people from being injured by scalding water splashing on the popular boardwalk trail.

Yellowstone's thermal basins sometimes undergo significant changes in short amounts of time. But the new eruptions are not a sign of impending volcanic activity. That's according to Herbert.

The changes are continuing and could lead to new or different closures in the basin, he said.

"It's still in flux," Herbert said. "There is still water flowing in new places and some of the springs that had been dormant have been erupting nearly constantly."

Ear Spring isn't the first dormant geyser to come to life this year. In March, the world's largest active geyser began the first in a series of eruptions. This happened for the first time since 2014.

Steamboat geyser's eruptions can reach heights of 300 to 400 feet, compared to Old Faithful's 130-foot average.

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  • Beno-eic
    10/04/2018 - 10:47 a.m.

    That's so cool it's all ways good to know a little more about one of our national park.

  • Renaej-eic
    10/04/2018 - 10:48 a.m.

    I wonder what makes it explode so big and why with water?

  • Brooksl-eic
    10/04/2018 - 10:49 a.m.

    i think that its cool that its still erupting

  • Kinleys-eic
    10/04/2018 - 10:53 a.m.

    Its so cool that erupted for the fourth time in 60 years.

  • Laurynm-eic
    10/04/2018 - 10:57 a.m.

    WOW that must be a hot

  • Jordynw-eic
    10/04/2018 - 12:48 p.m.

    When the sun gets closer to the earth

  • Aidang-eic
    10/04/2018 - 12:48 p.m.

    that must be crazy to see in real life

  • Haydenc-eic
    10/04/2018 - 12:54 p.m.

    it's cool the see stuff like that

  • Marthah-eic
    10/04/2018 - 12:57 p.m.

    This sounds so amazing! I'm not sure how a spring can get hot..but surely a new thing to research!

  • Ryanh-eic
    10/04/2018 - 02:09 p.m.

    omg thats so cool

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