YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Yellowstone National Park's Steamboat geyser is breaking records with 34 eruptions so far this year as of early September.
Steamboat's eruptions are unpredictable, the Park Service said, and over the years have been sporadic, with active years in 1982 – 1983 after being dormant for 50 years, quiet years throughout the 1990s and 2000s, and other years of dormancy marked by a single eruption.
"One thing is known, Steamboat Geyser's future eruptions will continue to be unpredictable, officials said on the Park Service's website.
Old Faithful, on the other hand, another of Yellowstone's famous geysers, has erupted every 44 to 125 minutes since 2000, according to EarthSky.org, making it a much more predictable geyser.
Scientists said the geyser's active eruptions this year are not a sign that the geyser is becoming more active but it is actually in line with its past history.
"The dynamic nature of this geyser basin, and the geology of Yellowstone as a whole, keeps everyone guessing," park officials said.
The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory monitors the seismic activity in the park and in the wider Norris Geyser Basin.
These remarkable natural wonders prompted the United States government to designate Yellowstone as the nation's first national park in 1872.
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