Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
High Heat and Low Water
The hottest of Yellowstone’s geothermal features are fumaroles (steam vents). Fumaroles in Norris Geyser Basin have measured up to 280°F (138°C). A plentiful water supply would help cool these features; however, steam vents are usually found on hillsides or higher ground, above the basin’s water supply. They rapidly boil away what little water they contain; releasing steam and other gases forcefully from underground.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 43.654′ N, 110° 42.173′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker can be reached from Grand Loop Road (U.S. 89). Touch for map. Marker is located in the Porcelain Basin at Norris Geyser Basin. 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. Solfatara (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Norris Geyser Basin (about 300 feet away); Living Thermometer (about 400 feet away); The National Park System (about 400 feet away); Yellowstone National Park (about 500 feet away); a different marker also Norris Geyser Basin (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Norris Geyser Basin (about 500 feet away); The Norris Area (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
More about this marker. A photograph of a Close-up of a vent appears at the bottom left of the marker. On the right of the marker is photo of the view from the marker. It has a caption of “The hillside in front of you has been a hot and volatile area for many years, and may look different if you visit again.”
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 10, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.