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Noisy Yellowstone Geyser Roars Back to Life after 3 Years

Ledge Geyser is in the Norris Geyser Basin, seen in this June 2018 photo. Ledge Geyser is in the Norris Geyser Basin, seen in this June 2018 photo. |  Photo: Jon Ellis/WDIO-TV, file

Created: May 13, 2019 02:08 PM

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - A noisy geyser in Yellowstone National Park has roared back to life after three years of quiet.

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Ledge Geyser is one of the biggest in Yellowstone's Norris Geyser Basin.

The Billings Gazette reports the geyser shoots hot water at an angle up to 125 feet high and a distance of 220 feet.

Yellowstone geologist Jeff Hungerford says Ledge Geyser is noisy because its water and steam must pass through a narrow opening in the ground.

Yellowstone has 1,300 thermal features and 500 geysers, more than anywhere else on Earth. Some geysers such as Old Faithful are predictable but most, like Ledge Geyser, erupt erratically.

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Information from: The Billings (Mont.) Gazette

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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