Credit: PETER MATULAVICH/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Old Faithful geyser erupts in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Eruptions occur about every 90 minutes and typically last for one to two minutes, reaching a height of over 50 meters. Eruptions occur when groundwater comes in contact with hot rocks heated by a large magma reservoir that lies directly beneath the park at a depth of just a few kilometers. The magma rises from a hotspot within the earth's mantle, and is responsible for all of the geothermal activity found in the park.

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Keywords: continental drift, crust, erupt, geologic, geology, geothermal, geyser, ground water, hotspot, landscape, lithosphere, magma reservoir, mantle, old faithful, plate tectonic, shell, steam, wyoming, yellowstone national park

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Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

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