Did you know that this Fly Geyser is not an entirely natural phenomenon but was man-made by accident? In 1964, a geothermal test well was being drilled to explore sources of geothermal energy. The well was capped inadequately which made dissolved minerals to rise and accumulate overtime creating the travertine mound on which the geyser sits and continuous to rise until today.
The geyser looks like a small erupting volcano because water is continuously released about 1.5m in the air.
There are several terraces at the bottom of the geyser where the water discharges into 30 to 40 pools over an area of 30 hectares.
The vivid and brilliant colors of the geyser is caused by thermophilic algae.
For the curious, the geyser is not closely accessible to the public as it is inside a privately owned Fly Ranch, Washoe County, Nevada. However, even if it is within a secured fence and locked gate, it is large enough to be viewed by a dirt road nearby.