Fly Geyser has to be one of the most otherworldly things I’ve ever seen (though I have yet to visit).
It’s hard to believe something this beautiful exists at all, let alone that it could have been created by humans.
To be fair, it was all an accident…
Back in 1964, while doing a bit of exploratory drilling along the edge of Nevada’s Hualapai Geothermal Flats, workers accidentally created the geyser and either decided to leave it uncapped, or just didn’t do a very good job of capping it. Either way, water kept spewing out, and it hasn’t stopped since.
Over time, the minerals accumulated to form the structure that you see in the photos, and the colors come from the thermophilic algae, a microorganism that loves really hot temperatures and is a common sight at most geysers.
And the constant stream of mineral-imbued water means that the structure surrounding the geyser is always evolving:
There are a few other manmade geysers near Fly Geyser.
In fact, one that was created in 1917 had grown to over 12 feet – but it actually stopped flowing when those workers drilled the hole that created the Fly Geyser.
Check out the video below if you’d like to learn more and/or gawk at more geyser porn:
Sadly, Fly Geyser isn’t currently open to the public, as it sits on private land that was purchased in 2016 by the organization that runs Burning Man.
But, aside from serving as a year-round headquarters for the festival, the organization says it also plans to invite the public in for nature hikes and tours (while also inviting them to ‘contribute’ to the site’s future).
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