Steamboat is Yellowstone’s tallest geyser.
In 1872, the U.S. government established Yellowstone, located in parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, as the first national park, according to the U.S. National Park Service. Yellowstone includes notorious features such as geysers that spew mineral-rich water.
Yellowstone National Park calls its tallest geyser “Steamboat”; it is in Norris Geyser Basin.
Steamboat is not only the tallest geyser in Yellowstone, but the tallest in the world, according to the Yellowstone National Park website.
Between 1989 and 2003, Steamboat erupted only 11 times. From 1992 to 1999, this geyser did not erupt at all, according to the Yellowstone National Park website.
Steamboat contains so much pent up energy that most of it does not get released by the hot water, but the steam that Steamboat releases after an eruption.
Steamboat’s eruptions can reach up to 300 feet in the air and spew steam for 3 to 40 minutes, according to the U.S. National Park Service. More commonly, Steamboat has “minor” releases of jets of water that go 10 to 40 feet in air.