Farmer Accidentally Creates A Desert Oasis In Nevada

May 3, 2015 By Madeleine Brown

Over a hundred years ago, a farmer was digging a well in his Nevada farm. It was out in the middle of the desert and he'd hoped to find a good water source below the dirt. He did find water, but it came with a surprise.

The water was over 200 degrees Fahrenheit.


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He gave up and capped the boiling hot water off at the source. He forgot about it until his next attempt in 1964.


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Once again, the water was far too hot and the drilling team capped off the source. But they didn't cap it correctly and ended up creating a geyser in the middle of Nevada.


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It's called a fly geyser and it sprays nutrient-rich water through the ground, eventually creating a mountain of residual minerals.


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The monument may have been created with man-made endeavors, but the geyser took on a life of its own, bringing its lush water to the surface and making colorful formations.


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Most impressively, the geyser created an ecosystem, bringing in plants, birds and fish to this desert oasis.


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And the gorgeous geyser continues growing and evolving every day. 


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The land where the geyser is located is still privately owned and the owner has no intentions of opening it up for a tourist attraction.


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The owner has built a fence to make sure that hoards of interested visitors don't accidentally trample this natural phenomenon.


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However, he will give private tours to the people who contact him wanting to see the geyser.


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His permission and the price of admission varies depending on his mood, so interested parties had better play nice if they want to see the oasis.


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It's just crazy to see something so huge and strange sprout up from the ground in just 51 short years.


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Can you imagine coming across something this magical in the middle of the Nevada desert?


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