Old Faithful might go silent after 800 years of activity: experts


Old Faithful, the famous geyser in Yellowstone National Park, may go silent after erupting continuously for nearly 800 years, experts have discovered.

According to a newly published study, the researchers found more than 40 remnants of mineralized wood near the geyser dated between 1233 and 1362 A.D., a period that is associated with “severe multidecadal regional droughts.” The experts believe those severe droughts could happen again by the middle of this century, causing the geyser’s eruptions to decrease or stop altogether.

“Climate models project increasingly severe droughts by mid‐21st century, suggesting that geyser eruptions could become less frequent or completely cease,” the researchers wrote in the study’s abstract.

Tourists photograph Old Faithful in 2011 erupting on schedule late in the afternoon in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Tourists photograph Old Faithful in 2011 erupting on schedule late in the afternoon in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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