Fly Geyser

The Fly Geyser (above) looks completely out of this world, but it’s actually located on the private Fly Ranch in Hualapai Flat, about 0.3 miles (0.48 km) from State Route 34 in Washoe County, Nevada. It was accidentally created by well drilling in 1964 exploring for sources of geothermal energy. The well may not have been capped correctly, or left unplugged, but either way dissolved minerals started rising and accumulating, creating the travertine mound on which the geyser sits and continues growing. The geyser contains several terraces discharging water into 30 to 40 pools over an area of 30 hectares (74 acres). The geyser is made up of a series of different minerals, but its brilliant colors are due to thermophilic algae. Continue reading for more.

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