A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Crystal Geyser

Eight miles in on a very nicely graded dirt road 
we arrived at the banks of the Green River and the site of "Crystal Geyser".

Is the name someone's idea of a joke?
Yep, that's the "geyser".  A 12 inch steel pipe jutting up out of the ground.

Looking down inside the pipe I could hear the sound of tiny bubbles fizzing like champagne. 
I'm thinking while leaning over into the pipe "This would not a good time for the geyser to take off".

Back in the day before that pipe was pounded into the ground I'm sure it must have been a much more interesting sight to see, even if the water only gently gurgled to the surface.

The natural action of the geyser left behind some wonderfully colored travertine 
filled with equally interesting textures.

Had the sun peaked out from behind the clouds these colors surely would have been more vibrant.

This is quite a large area for the water to cover all the way to the river's edge.

At one time the volume of water must have been impressive.

Amazing a plant can take root and thrive here.

There were only two hardy plants though.

I don't think the water was hot enough to create steam when it reached the cool Green River.
At least I didn't feel any significant heat coming up from the pipe.


s.c said...

Great views John.

biebkriebels said...

That is a very interesting area with beautiful structures in the rock.

John W. Wall said...

Really gorgeous details.

Karen said...

Oh, those geologic structures makemy heart go pitty pat. wonderful pictures, John. Just lovely.

Shammickite said...

Wonderful geology!

Shammickite said...

Wonderful geology!