Farmer Drills Well Looking For Water, Instead He Makes A Stunning Discovery
LifeAspire Staff 5/23/2017
About 20 miles north of Gerlach in Washow County, Nevada is a private ranch called Fly Ranch. Back around 1916, the ranch owners started digging a well in order to create more water supply for their farms. But when the water they hit was over 200 degrees F, much too hot for farming, they sealed the hole and moved on.
In 1964, a geothermal company looking for ways to tap into this natural energy resource, dug around the same site, but found the same hot water to be a bit too cold for their purposes and sealed the hole once again.
These two man-made accidents eventually produced the same conditions perfect for a geyser, and sure enough minerals and water started spewing out to create what is now one of the only man made geysers known in the world.
Aptly named Fly Geyser, it has grown in the last fifty decades into a colorful, alien looking mound of various spewing spouts.
The geyser is said to measure 5 feet high by 12 feet wide and is covered with thermophilic algae in hues of green and red. Unlike Old-Faithful which erupts at certain intervals, Fly Geyser has a constant water stream which shoots out as high as a 5 feet.
Over the years, several terraces have also formed as minerals are discharged with the water, resulting in about 30 to 40 pools over an area of 74 acres rich with a living ecosystem. So even though Fly geyser doesn't have that wow factor of being large, it does make up for it in the way it makes one feel like they are on an alien planet.
For those of you who haven't yet made it to Yellowstone, here is Old Faithful showing off!
Fly Geyser is not well known because it still sits on private property which has kept tourism to a minimum. However, parts of it can be seen from State route 34, if you happen to find yourself driving down there.
Usually human interaction with nature doesn't always result in good things, but in this case, the farmer had no idea he was about to make a miraculous discovery. Fly Geyser has proved there is such a thing as a happy drilling accident. It continues to grow and we imagine will become even more majestic for generations to come.