Thursday, March 25, 2010

Out of this world

What an amazing place.
 image by Dr. Christian Klepp
image via naturfotografen
This exceptional geyser landscape in Nevada appears to be of extraterrestrial origin. The geyser discharges boiling water out of three vents heated by an active magma chamber in shallow depth below this area. The geyser is located in the middle of a dried-up lake that covered 22.000 km² at the end of the last ice age. Volcanic basalt lava builds up the bedrock below the sediments of the former lake. These lava eruptions occurred during the ice age. The appearance of this landscape often changed during the last 10.000 years. Probably its most unusual and beautiful today.
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