Fly Geyser

The brilliantly colorful Fly Geyser of Nevada

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Located in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada is a small Geothermal geyser that looks like an alien-form bursting with life: The Fly Geyser.

The Fly Geyser resulted from a man-made drilling accident in 1916 when someone went drilling for a water source. Instead, they penetrated a pool that spewed 200°F of scalding hot water that flowed from a group of conical rocks.

A marvel born of multiple human errors

Another nearby drilling incident in 1964 created the multiple fountain cones today. Calcium carbonate and silica deposits built up over time to give the sprout its imaginary shape with psychedelic green and red-colored thermophilic algae.

The conic openings are about 6 feet high, buttressed on a 12-foot wide mound.

Tours for the Fly Geyser operate on private land owned by the Burning Man Project. Be reassured that boiling water still shoots over 5 ft into the air. 

Fly Geyser
Fly Geyser
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