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Why Do Geysers Erupt? It Boils Down to Plumbing

March 5th, 2015

A team led by earth scientist Michael Manga has gained striking new insights into the basic mechanics of geysers by placing surveillance cameras inside them and building a model of their plumbing. They show that the great regularity of a geyser’s eruptions is explained by kinks, or loops, in the geyser’s pipes, which trap steam. More>