Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Choked by Ignorance
Minute Geyser’s eruptions have changed dramatically. Its larger west vent (right) is clogged with rocks tossed in by early visitors when the park’s main road was near this trail – passing within 70 feet (21 meters) of the geyser. Minute once erupted every 60 seconds, sometimes to heights of 40 to 50 feet (12 to 15 meters). Eruptions now are irregular and originate from its smaller east vent. Removal of the west vent’s mineral-cemented rocks would require the use of heavy equipment resulting in severe damage.
Thermal features are not trash cans or wishing wells – they are among earth’s rarest geologic treasures. Please do your part to protect them and report any vandalism to a park ranger.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 43.496′ N, 110° 42.352′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker can be reached from Grand Loop Road (U.S. 89), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Back Basin at Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Emerald Spring (about 500 feet away, measured in Yellowstone National Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cistern Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away); The National Park System (approx. 0.2 miles away); Steamboat Geyser (approx. 0.2 miles away); Norris Geyser Basin (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Norris Geyser Basin (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Norris Area (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
More about this marker. A photo of an erupting Minute Geyser appears at the right side of the marker. It has a caption of “Minute Geyser and park visitors, 1948. Minute Geyser’s destruction stands today as a sad reminder of thoughtless visitor behavior.”
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 9, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.