PRETTY FLY FOR A MULTICOLORED GEY-SER
Meet the Fly Geyser of Washoe County, Nevada. The calcium-carbonate cones of this colorful gusher stand about 10-12 feet above the earth and constantly spew geothermal water into the air.
This phenomenon, however, is not the product of Mother Nature. Geothermal heated water connected with a man-made well and began to jet from the surface. Dissolved minerals found in the escaping water began to accumulate and created, along with the large cones, small terraces that built upwards in the Nevada desert. Surrounding pools have resulted and allowed a diverse ecosystem to grow. The vibrant colors are due to Thermophilic algae that are able to withstand the extreme temperatures.
Planning a visit to the Fly Geyser has proven difficult as it stands on private property, but development of the area could lead to public access. Read more athttp://flyranchproject.org/