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The Geysers of Yellowstone Paperback – June, 1995

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"A tribute to and a tool for the geyser gazers. . . .Any visitor to Yellowstone for whom geysers carry an appeal at all needs the guide" -- Scientific American

About the Author

T. Scott Bryan was a seasonal employee at Yellowstone National Park from 1970 through 1986. In addition to his studies in Yellowstone, he has been to geyser fields throughout the contiguous United States, Mexico, Japan, Fiji, New Zealand, and the Valley of Geysers on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia, leading the first-ever U.S. study group there in 1991.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 463 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado; 3 Sub edition (June 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087081365X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870813658
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,037,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
Now in its third edition and completely revised, this geyser Bible remains the definitive guide to Yellowstone's erupting thermal features. Detailed maps of each of Yellowstone's geyser basins and colorful descriptions of every known geyser make the book both easy to read and easy to use when stalking eruptions of even the most elusive geysers. A fascinating list of all the world's other known geyser regions, many of which have suffered from geothermal development, makes the reader realize all the more what a special place Yellowstone really is.
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The Geysers of Yellowstone is the most supurbly written field guide on geysers and hot springs in Yellowstone National Park. It is an invaluable resource for new and old geyser gazers alike. If one truly wishes to appreciate and understand these natural wonders, The Geysers of Yellowstone should become a part of your library.
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One of the Blog readers suggested this title and if you want the Doctoral Thesis on all things Geyser in Yellowstone, this is your title.

It is extremely thorough and from what i can gather, covers every geyser in the park. It opens with an informative chapter "About Geysers" which lays down in great detail how geysers work. Then he provides some of the geologic background on the Yellowstone geyser basin, including the impact the many local earthquakes have had on their activity.
This is followed by a general discussion of they geyser basins in the park and the relationship between them. The next twelve chapters take the park basins one by one, with descriptions and index maps for each. This index include the name of they geyser, a reference to the particular map it is displayed on with interval, duration, and height. Bryan include un-named geysers in this list

He concludes with an extensive chapter covering the the Geyser Fields of the World. The index of geyser and hot springs is awesome, and with the Kindle edition the hyper links included increase the value of this version considerably.

When I first picked this up I immediately thought of a Woody Allen film of my youth "Everything You Wanted to Know About -". It is difficult to make writing about physical phenomena interesting, but Bryan makes it much better than expected. Having said that, unless you are an absolute geyser freak I am not sure of it's value. I also wish he had included the GPS coordinates (is my Bohanon bias showing?) at least for the major attractions. For simply knowing what geysers to look for perhaps Chapple does a better job but for detailed information on the a particular geyser Bryan can't be beat.
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By A Customer on April 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
The Geysers of Yellowstone is best guide to Yellowstones thermal features I know of, but I wish it would include some of the non-eruptive hot spring and mud pots. Never the less, the book is packed with in-depth information on everything the ever erupted in Yellowstone at time. I am a Yellowstone visitor for 8 years running, and more than half this book, I still don't know! A MUST for any geyser lover.
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If the phenomenon of geysers interests you, this is your book. It should be the yardstick by which all others on the subject are measured.
Superbly well organized, and written, this book readily conveys the author's enthusiasm for the subject. I would have preferred a few more color photographs in addition to the cover, but this is a minor quibble. The black and white photos are chosen carefully, and give a good idea of the feature involved.
The book discusses all known geysers in Yellowstone, which park contains a substantial majority of these features on the planet. Maps are supplied, and are easily deciphered. Data is given concerning the eruptive pattern of each geyser, where known, and this proved most helpful during a recent trip to this magnificent area.
The feature I enjoyed the most was the detailed appendix, setting forth all known geyser fields anywhere on Earth. I guarantee some of the locations and features will surprise you. The author also discuuses which of these fields are most endangered by unwise development of geothermal power.
Very, very highly recommended. Indeed, I should say it is indispensible for anyone planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy.
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Used to live in Montana near Yellowstone and was always fascinated by geysers. Have seen many of them in action over the years when I lived there. Try to keep up with the latest. An exhaustive guide to the geysers. If you aren't a geyser gazer, don't buy this!
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Well, maybe not useless but almost.

I've looked at them on my Kindle, on my iPad and in the Kindle for PC app. Even when zoomed in on the Kindle they are extremely hard to read.

Given that maps are important to this book, Amazon should have included better resolution maps.

Guess I'm going to have to buy the hard copy.

Smart marketing, Amazon.

It would be nice if the next edition included geographic coordinates for the geysers.
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Every single person whom I've ever met who has been a real expert on the geysers of Yellowstone National Park has had a copy of this book. Generally, it has been dog-eared, filled with pasted-in bookmarks, and elaborated with hand-written notations bringing various descriptions up to date. Yellowstone's geysers change from year to year. Hence this book has gone through four editions, and has grown in size by almost 50%, keeping up with those changes. This is geology on the hoof. It's the only place I know of where you need a nearly annual guidebook to keep up with the geological changes, just as if you were visiting a tourist city where buildings are built and torn down, attractions open and close, stores come and go. So the geysers of Yellowstone go dormant, reactivate, change their periods, blow out new vents, and (in at least one case) detonate, scattering rocks and internal plumbing all over the landscape.

If you want to know what's really going on, what's really worth seeing, and where it is, this is the book that tells you.
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