Fly Geiser Photographs


Fly Ranch Geyser in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada

Fly Ranch Geyser in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada

The  Fly Geyser is one of the most awesome sights on the planet. Unfortunately it is on a gated private property locked for the public. In the year 2000 the Burning Man Opera crew was allowed to go there as a special concession. One month before the beginning of B.M we picked up mud from the hot spring to take back to the Burning Man camp to help Pepe Ozan create the sculptures for the Burning Man Opera. While the crew was picking up the mud, before getting dirty I was doing what I love to do most which is taking photographs.


According to Wikipedia Fly Geyser is not an entirely natural phenomenon; it was accidentally created by well drilling[3] in 1964 exploring for sources of geothermal energy.[4] The well may not have been capped correctly, or left unplugged, but either way dissolved minerals started rising and accumulating, creating the travertine mound on which the geyser sits and continues growing.[4] Water is constantly released, reaching 5 feet (1.5 m) in the air.[1] The geyser contains several terraces discharging water into 30 to 40 pools over an area of 30 hectares (74 acres).[5] The geyser is made up of a series of different minerals,[3] but its brilliant colors are due to thermophilic algae.[4]When a Geothermally heated pack of water found a weak spot in the wall it began escaping. Dissolved minerals rose and accumulated creating  awesome saturated colors on the mound created by the fossilized minerals on which the Geyser sits. Hot water continually spews into the air, reaching up to the sky.

 

 


About Melitta Tchaicovsky

A photographer, graphic designer and videographer, Melitta Tchaicovsky was born in Brazil and earned her B.F.A in Visual Communication from the School of Industrial Design (ESDI) in the State University of Rio de Janeiro. Her photographs have been exhibited in galleries and have appeared in publications internationally.

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