Yellowstone Geyser Gushes Back From the Dead After 3 Quiet Years

The noisy geyser is one of the largest in the entire park

Yellowstone Geyser
A geyser in Yellowstone National Park is back in action. (Jim Peaco/ Getty)
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A geyser in Yellowstone National Park is back in action after three years of lying dormant.

The Ledge Geyser, the second largest in Yellowstone’s Norris Geyser Basin, came roaring back to life on April 28th.

What it lacks in size, it evidently more than makes up for in sound. Geologist Jeff Hungerford told the Associated Press that Ledge is noisy because its water and steam must pass through a narrow opening in the ground before it explodes up into the air.

There are a total of 1,300 “thermal features” and about 500 geysers in Yellowstone National Park — more than anywhere else on Earth. Some of the geysers in the park, like Old Faithful, erupt on a predictable schedule while most others, like the Ledge, are more sporadic.

The protected natural wonder that is Yellowstone National Park includes land in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

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