Tuesday, March 20, 2007

For merinz

For you, merinz, in thanks for sharing Rotorua with me. This is Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park. There are a couple of people on the boardwalk for scale!

Photo by KLK because I couldn’t scramble in those bald hikers


  1. Wow that is stunning!! I am fascinated by the power of thermal activity. There is an island here just off the coast, White Island, which is an active volcano. On a clear day we can see it steaming merrily away.
    We live in an earthquake zone also. Lately there have been a whole swarm of earthquakes at Matata which is just on the coast near the island. Mostly around 3.6 - 3.7 on the scale, we all know that one day there could be the 'big one'! 1987 was our last big quake - it measured 6.3.and was very shallow, it did a lot of damage to houses, dairy factories, but no loss of life.

  2. Hi merinz - It just happens a friend of mine who lives about 1 hour north of Yellowstone attended a presentation by Bob Smith, professor at the University of Utah, Department of Geology and Geophysics. The talk was at the wonderful Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT (home of Montana State University, and about 1-1/2 hours drive from Yellowstone). My friend ("Ballpark Frank") summarized Smith's presentation in a series of posts on The Great Outdoors chat page. Here's a link to the first post in the thread:


    If you love this stuff (it sounds like you do!) you'll enjoy this, and find much of it familiar.

    I love your comments. Sounds like New Zealand is the southern sister of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and I'm learning from what you tell me.