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Views of Scalloped Spring show it inactive and erupting.
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Where the Bison Roam

Act 1,  Scene 4,  Page 27 of 47

A good example of this occurrence is the case of Scalloped Spring in Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin. Once this hot spring was rimmed with delicate, crinkly edges; and, water overflowed from its basin. Now the water level falls well below the surface, and the lovely scallops have been destroyed.

More than ten years ago, a bison fell into the water and the fats in the animal’s body caused the hot spring to erupt as a geyser. This unexpected eruption, as well as human vandalism, altered the pool’s appearance. A couple of years ago, a second bison fell into this hot spring. Scalloped Spring reacted the same way, erupting frequently for a couple of days, and throwing bits of bison meat and hair as high as ten feet into the air. Coyotes in the area experienced a rare and delightful treat—stewed meat!


vandalism—deliberate damage

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