06 June 2005

Fountain


I saw Fountain twice on Saturday and I was able to get a better picture of it. This is quickly becoming one of my favorites. It's not terribly huge, but it's wide with lots of splashing. It lasts for about 30 minutes so you get a nice long show. This is in the Lower Geyser Basin near the Fountain Paint Pots. It often erupts about every 6 hours, so ask at the Visitor Center at Old Faithful if they know the last time it went. There are several clues to knowing whether it's close to going. First, Spasm Geyser in front of Clepsydra will erupt for at least 30 minutes before Fountain, so check the runoff channels from Spasm to see if they are long and full. If Spasm isn't going and you don't know the previous time, it could be a long wait. The more often Jet Geyser (behind you as you are looking at Fountain) goes, the closer an eruption is from Fountain. Finally, the best clue is that the water in Foutain will start to rise 8-10 inches about a minute before an eruption. Fountain really is a lovely geyser and worth waiting for.

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