Side Chambers Cause Yellowstone Geysers to Erupt: Researcher

February 26, 2015 4:19 AM

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Side Chambers Cause Yellowstone Geysers to Erupt: Researcher

A simple mechanism — side chambers, or loops in the underground plumbing — is what causes Yellowstone geysers to regularly erupt, according to work from a University of California, Berkeley researcher.

It may seem simple, but there’s a lot about geysers we still don’t know about, barring some sort of camera system snaked within Yellowstone geysers to show the inner workings. The key to Yellowstone geysers, says Michael Manga, a UC Berkeley professor of earth and planetary science, is an undergroun...

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