Glorious Geyser – Nevada, USA

 
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fly-ranch-geyserFly Ranch in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert is no ordinary geyser. A faulty well drilled in the early 1900s caused geothermally heated water to burst through surface cracks. Repeated eruptions have left behind mineral deposits, forming a multicoloured mound.

Each time Fly Ranch Geyser erupts, it releases minerals that have dissolved in the scalding water. These minerals solidify when the water cools, creating an ever-growing mound surrounded by terraced rock pools. Vibrant red and green streaks over the mound are the result of thermophilic (heat-loving) algae thriving in the steamy surroundings.

Spouts in Space

Geysers are not only found on Earth. Saturn’s moon Enceladus hosts 101 geysers, while geysers of water vapour were seen spouting on Jupiter’s moon Europa in 2013.

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  1. You really don’t know what the Darwin awards are, do you? The’re for people who KILL themselves doing something stupid

  2. Yeah I agree. Only a few might. The computer one was great to be outdoors in fresh air. Just bring the wireless keyboard in and out.

  3. Darwin Award is for those who`ve removed themselves from the human gene pool, these examples are of the simply stupid

  4. Somehow I don’t think falling in a puddle qualifies you for a Darwin Award. Or that whoever gathered these even knows what the Darwin Award actually is, for that matter.

  5. I agree the Darwin Awards are for those who remove themselves from the gene pool …. but #13 and #2 are headed in the right direction!

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