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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How can a spring be hot?
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  • Sophiab-eic
    10/04/2018 - 02:11 p.m.

    A spring can be hot because the heat from under the earth warms up the water and gases that erupt out of the geyser.

  • Zanderm-eic
    10/04/2018 - 02:16 p.m.

    I think that's crazy because there is just a geyser just in the middle of the park.

  • Jasminec-eic
    10/04/2018 - 02:25 p.m.

    i'v never been to or seen a geyser i would love to see old faithfull in real life someday.

  • ethanm-orv
    10/04/2018 - 02:41 p.m.

    I wish I could've seen that. I've heard of ole faithful.

  • ZaineI-dec
    10/05/2018 - 08:02 a.m.

    I like geysers.

  • Sarah-E2
    10/05/2018 - 11:00 a.m.

    Yellowstone thermal spring erupts for fourth time in 60 years

    This article says that a thermal spring erupted in yellowstone.
    I think that this article was very interesting. The title caught my eye. I think we should keep alert just in case we need to evacuate. This article was very interesting and I learned some new things.

  • AydenL-dec
    10/09/2018 - 09:36 a.m.

    This is a nice story I enjoy reading about the water springs,

  • Manuel V-rud
    10/09/2018 - 11:56 a.m.

    How, a spring can be hot is from hot air that is made from different things above.The heat, from above goes into the geyser to heat water in it to make it shoot out.Also,they work with carbon dioxide to make it even more hot so it can shoot the water harder to make it reach new heights.This is, an interesting sight to see in years!Could you, dream your self being there seeing the spectacular event?Well,I can and other people too to see this sight of a geyser.

  • Emma B-rud
    10/09/2018 - 11:59 a.m.

    A spring can be so hot because steaming hot water is what makes a geser. Also if it is a shape of an ear more water can build up and become hotter.

  • ethanm-orv
    10/09/2018 - 12:26 p.m.

    I would love to watch a thermal spring erupt. I wonder what the difference between a theral spring and a hot spring is?

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