Your Fault: Climate Crisis (scam) Could Make Old Faithful Less Faithful

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Climate Change Could Make Yellowstone’s Famous Geyser Less Faithful

Yellowstone National Park’s famous Old Faithful geyser is famously reliable, firing a jet of scalding water and steam high into the air some 17 times a day at 60 to 110-minute intervals.

But new research suggests that 800 years ago a severe drought caused this geyser, which was once somewhat hyperbolically known as “Eternity’s Timepiece,” to stop erupting altogether for many decades, reports Colin Barras for Science. When taken with climate model predictions of increasingly severe droughts, the findings could mean that America’s most dependable geyser will erupt less often or stop completely in the future.

Researchers arrived at the new findings, published last week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, by studying 13 chunks of petrified wood found on Old Faithful’s mound. Trees can’t survive the geyser’s blasts of super-heated, alkaline water, so finding trees growing on Old Faithful’s mound is a sign that its regularly scheduled eruptions were at one point on hiatus. When researchers tested the tree remnants, they dated back to around 1230-1360 A.D., reports Catherine Meyers for Inside Science.

“When I submitted the samples for radiocarbon dating I didn’t know whether they would be hundreds or thousands of years old,” Shaul Hurwitz, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and first author of the new paper, tells Science. “It was an ‘aha!’ moment when they all clustered within a hundred-year period in the 13th and 14th centuries.”

One specimen was large enough to allow Hurwitz and his team to estimate it grew for some 80 years, suggesting Old Faithful stopped erupting for nearly 100 years sometime between the 13th and 14th centuries.

Did that scare you? I’m sure it did, and you’re now willing to give up your use of fossil fuels, pay lots more taxes and fees, and give up your liberty, freedom, and choice, right? Perhaps they could explain what caused the climate change at that time, which was near the end of the Medieval Warm Period, which went from around 900 AD (10th Century) to 1350 (14th Century)? Were they driving fossil fueled vehicles and taking long trips, getting consumer products and practicing capitalism?

Are they saying that the current warm period is mostly/solely natural, just like the MWP?

Today, human-caused climate change is exacerbating droughts in the Yellowstone region, per Inside Science. Hurwitz and other researchers published a paper in 2008 showing decreased precipitation in recent decades may have added a minute or two to the time between Old Faithful’s eruptions. If the climate continues to dry out, as climate models predict it will, the researchers write that Old Faithful’s “geyser eruptions could become less frequent or completely cease.”

If Old Faithful is added to the list of climate change’s casualties, Maxwell Rudolph, a geophysicist at the University of California, Davis who wasn’t involved in the study, tells Science that “the extinction of this natural treasure would be a profound loss.”

It’s always something.

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2 Responses to “Your Fault: Climate Crisis (scam) Could Make Old Faithful Less Faithful”

  1. Nighthawk says:

    How dare those Indians that were so in tune with nature drive their gas guzzling SUVs and generate power with coal. Shame on them!!

  2. samoore says:

    What horseshit.

    “Old Faithful” isn’t.
    The article says it has 17 eruptions a day. When I was younger, that was 21 times a day, and volcanologists then were saying that it would slow down because of changes in the magma chamber below — that hot spot is moving.

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