3 Easy Steps to Make Your Own RAINBOW GEYSER at Home
MAKE YOUR OWN RAINBOW GEYSER
1. Find hot water underground.
2. Drill a hole and don’t cap it.
3. Wait a year, or two, or 50!
Simple enough eh?
This is called Fly Geyser, also known as Fly Ranch Geyser. It is a small geothermal geyser in Washoe County, Nevada. Fly Geyser is located near the edge of Fly Reservoir and is only about 5 feet (1.5 m) high, but 12 feet (3.7 m) wide, counting the mound it sits on. This rainbow geyser is located on the private Fly Ranch in Hualapai Flat which is owned by Todd Jaksick.
During a well drilling in the Nevada desert back in 1964, the drillers were in for a surprise… the water they found was hot… really hot… like 200 degrees hot! It was not suitable for their needs so they moved on, but it seems they did not cap the well properly for the hot water has continued to spew out of the earth ever since.
The erupting hot water brings with it an array of minerals that settle, cool and harden into the gorgeous, unique form we see in these photos. This mound continues to grow a little with each passing day. The geyser is made up of many different minerals, but its stunning rainbow colors are actually caused by thermophilic algae.
Here is a short video of this nifty oddity: