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February 27th, 2018, 08:44 AM
The English word geyser comes from the Icelandic verb geysa, which means "to gush." Why Icelandic?


Because historical records from Iceland dating back to the 13th century mention a gushing spout of water called Geysir, located about 60 miles northeast of Iceland's capital, Reykjavik.

The research of sinter shows that Geysir has been active for approximately 10,000 years. Sinter is a form of opaline silica that is often found around hot springs and geysers.

It was the first geyser described in a printed source and the first known to modern Europeans.

When Geysir goes dormant, which it has done for extended periods throughout history, people have tried all sorts of ways to wake it up, including pouring soap into its spout. Apparently this works, but don't try it at home!

Until 1894, the Geysir area was owned by a local farmer. In that year the area was sold to James Craig (later Lord Craigavon), a whiskey distiller from Ulster and a future Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. Initially he erected large fences around the site and an entrance fee was charged for visitors wishing to view the geysers. The following year, however, Craig appeared to tire of his project and gave the area as a present to a friend, E. Craig, who dropped the entrance fees. Later Craig's nephew Hugh Rogers inherited the site. In 1935, he sold the site to film director Sigur­ur Jˇnasson who subsequently donated it to the Icelandic people in perpetuity.

February 27th, 2018, 10:12 AM
Thanks for sharing. Always look forward to reading your trivia posts.

February 27th, 2018, 10:47 AM
Very interesting! You still have to pay to get into Yellowstone. It's a beautiful park too.

February 27th, 2018, 06:50 PM
It is amazing to see and is always spouting every couple minutes. I think there are actually 3 geysirs there.