There is a place in Europe – Haukadalur, Iceland. And there is a Geysir – an erupting spring.
It’s the only place in Europe with hot water periodically coming from the underground to the surface and then farther up to the sky. It happens every 5-7 minutes.
People say that because of this people from a European language-family started to use a world geyser to describe this natural phenomenon. Wikipedia says it comes from the Icelandic verb geysa, “to gush“.
Major geyser fields:
- Yellowstone National Park, U.S.
- Contains thousands of hot springs, and approximately 300 to 500 geysers
- Valley of Geysers, Russia
- (“Dolina Geiserov” in Russian) located in the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia
- El Tatio, Chile
- The name “El Tatio” roughly translates as “the grandfather”
- Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand
Extinct and dormant geyser fields:
There used to be two large geysers fields in Nevada—Beowawe and Steamboat Springs—but they were destroyed by the installation of nearby geothermal power plants. At the plants, geothermal drilling reduced the available heat and lowered the local water table to the point that geyser activity could no longer be sustained.
Have you seen any geyser in your life?
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