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October 15, 2011 11:30 PM   Subscribe

"They look as if they were taken on another planet, or at least on the set of a new and very expensive science fiction movie. Yet these pictures are of the Fly Geyser which is very much of planet earth."
posted by Splunge (26 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite

 
it looks like a 15 year old with a copy of MAYA.
posted by The Whelk at 11:36 PM on October 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


So cool! Thanks for posting this.
posted by kavasa at 11:38 PM on October 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


it looks like a 15 year old with a copy of MAYA.

Yeah, I totally made this in Bryce when I was in high school.
posted by Mikey-San at 12:09 AM on October 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


oh god Bryce
posted by The Whelk at 12:15 AM on October 16, 2011 [4 favorites]


It also looks like the cast of Dinosaurs.

Melting.
posted by hanoixan at 12:36 AM on October 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


oh god Bryce

Surely, you mean oh god Poser

These are cool!
posted by New England Cultist at 12:36 AM on October 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Back in 1916 the owners of the place were looking for water in the hope of creating rich farmland in this desert area of the state. They came across water, yes, and the well worked for decades. However, the drill that was driven down a shaft hit a geothermal pocket of water and the result was a geyser...

Well the first thing you know ol Jed's a millionaire,
Kinfolk said "Jed move away from there"
Said "Californy is the place you ought to be"
So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly
posted by three blind mice at 1:19 AM on October 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


How come I've never seen this on National Geographic?
posted by Rick at 2:50 AM on October 16, 2011


What if an alien lives inside it?
posted by Skygazer at 3:34 AM on October 16, 2011


Small fish (introduced by some unknown human hand) breed in the ponds...

I was taught throughout my biology and zoology classes that such lone populations are thought to be created by undigested fish eggs in bird poo landing in the waters.
posted by Thorzdad at 4:52 AM on October 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


This picture has some interesting aspects. Almost as if someone had sculpted it.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:58 AM on October 16, 2011


It looks like some of the pics came from this blog. More info here. Great post; I had never heard of this place.
posted by TedW at 5:27 AM on October 16, 2011


Wait. Those deposits formed in just fifty years?

I gotta be more diligent about de-scaling my tea kettle.
posted by Bummus at 5:31 AM on October 16, 2011 [14 favorites]


The owners provide access for a $1000.00 daily fee and $1 million liability insurance policy. - from here

Makes me really appreciate the UK's view on the matter.
posted by vacapinta at 5:37 AM on October 16, 2011


Well, I'm looking at a map now and Gerlach Nevada has a site next to it labeled as a "hot spring", lends some credence to the story I would think.

Haven't seem anything yet on county rd 34 with the kind of formation that this geyser seems to have
posted by Severian at 5:58 AM on October 16, 2011


The site in this post, like the one in this post from yesterday, is completely unusable on an iPhone, and I'm assuming other touchscreen devices. It interprets almost any touch, and especially multitouch gestures, as "move to next page/article."

But, like yesterday's post, the one picture I could see was impressive!
posted by oneironaut at 6:07 AM on October 16, 2011


I hope J.G. Ballard had an opportunity to visit. He would have found it quite familiar.
posted by googly at 7:06 AM on October 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


I've seen pictures of Fly Geyser before, but they never fail to surprise and amaze me.
posted by jacquilynne at 7:13 AM on October 16, 2011


it looks like a 15 year old with a copy of MAYA.
pfft yeah, get a job, nature
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 7:14 AM on October 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


That's a pretty fly geyser.
posted by dazed_one at 8:11 AM on October 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Bumpass Hell in Lassen National Park has some similar colourful geysers. Significantly more accessible.
posted by Nelson at 9:47 AM on October 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Severian: I think this is Fly Geyser on Google Maps. Looks like it's a good 25 miles up the road from Gerlach. There's a Gerlach Hot Springs Park right outside of Gerlach, though, which might be what your map shows.
posted by hattifattener at 1:41 PM on October 16, 2011


(Oh hey, the Wikipedia entry for Fly Geyser has map coördinates.)
posted by hattifattener at 1:47 PM on October 16, 2011


Here is list of thermal springs of Nevada.
posted by hortense at 8:36 PM on October 16, 2011


I guess we'll have to wait for the owners to die to go visit it...
posted by DoubledayBooks at 7:57 AM on October 17, 2011


While working for Burning Man DPW during the summer a couple years ago, we got to go out there and take a dip. It was awesome.
posted by flaterik at 2:22 PM on October 17, 2011


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