|FIREHOLE RIVER LOOKING NORTH: OUTWASH FROM LEFT TO RIGHT|
.. A thermal explosion and eruption occurred a couple of days ago and rearranged the topography of the three most visited pools along the boardwalk.
.. The debris field, scoured outwash area, and boiling muck now clouding Opal Pool give testimony to the forces at work just below the feet of wading fisher folk: or for that matter, any folk in Yellowstone.
.. Eyewitness reports place the vertical displacement of water at about 70 feet. It was a large single column of water the erupted with a violent explosion and showered debris into the three previously separate pools along the boardwalk.
.. Boiling water, scalding mud, and boulders the size of watermelons were ejected from the newly expanded vent. The amount of water expelled was sufficient to remove vegetation and some subsurface sand all the way to the Firehole River, about 300 feet away.
.. Only a few faithful geyser gazers were present for the eruption. Hoards of visitors are
.. We're going to make up for not fishin' by going fishing. Golly gee, there's only seven days left.
|VIEW TO THE WEST SHOWING SCOURED AREA AND EJECTA:|
Salt & Pepper Spring on the right was filled with debris and is now a pepper & pepper spring.
|VIEW TO NE: SALT & PEPPER SPRING,|
CURRENTLY SHOWING MUD FROM BOTH VENTS
|VIEW TO NW: SHOWING DEBRIS AND SCOURED AREA|
|SKETCH MAP OF ERUPTION AREA IN BISCUIT BASIN|