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  White Dome Geyser
by GuthrieColin

White Dome Geyser is located in the Lower Geyser Basin on Firehole Lake Drive, The Geyser has a cone which is more than 12 feet tall hinting that it is a very old geyser. It?s height is the main factor for determining it?s age. As the water travels through its subterranean plumbing it picks up silica and after each eruption that silica is deposited. This process is very slow but after enough time the cone builds itself and becomes what is called geyserite.
The deposits also shrink the opening that the vent shoots through. The hole which the vent escapes from is only about 4 inches across. That small opening acts as a nozzle that shoots the water out in a narrow jet rather than a bubbling eruption. The average interval between eruptions is 15-30 minutes. The eruptions typically last about 2 minutes and shoot 30 feet in the air. In the early 1900?s this geyser was chosen as the symbol for the Yellowstone Library and Museum Association. It has since been renamed and a new symbol chosen.

Directions: Just past Great Fountain Geyser on Firehole Lake Drive.
Website: http://www.wyojones.com/dome.htm

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  • Updated Oct 22, 2005
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