VIDEO: See Giantess Geyser Erupt After 6 1/2 Years Dormant
August 29, 2020
Good things come to those who wait. And we've been waiting 6 1/2 years for Giantess geyser in Yellowstone to do her thing. On August 25, she obliged.
Giantess geyser was first written about by members of the Washburn-Langford-Doane expedition. Historian George Black, author of "Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone," writes that much of the expedition found it the most impressive geyser, with "five separate jets, each one higher than the last" that "rose as much as 250 feet". But back then the Giantess wasn't shy, erupting three times in one afternoon.
Some geysers erupt on clockwork schedules, like the aptly named Old Faithful. But others, like the Giantess, are less predictable. Usually, she erupts two or three times a year, but she has been quiet for the better part of a decade.
The National Park rests on top of a supervolcanic caldera, one of the largest in the world, and the geysers are a result of that enormous, constantly shifting system. In case you've forgotten, that enormous volcanic system will go off someday and just about everything under the Big Sky is going to be blasted to what the geologic community calls "smithereens."
Until then we've still got the wonders of Yellowstone National Park to lend meaning and beauty to those moments we have left to us. That is before everything west of the continental divide goes up like a great big M-80.