How to Make a Geyser Blow Its Top

If you’ve ever been to Yellowstone National Park, you know that Old Faithful erupts like clockwork. But who knew that you could MAKE a geyser blow its top?

I learned the three easy steps to making the Lady Knox Geyser in Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland erupt. (NOTE: Don’t try this on your geyser at home.)

Step One : Dump soap down the geyser hole.

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Step Two: Wait for the geyser to start burping up the soap.

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Wait for it….

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Step Three: Voila! Soap-induced geyser eruption.

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Watching Lady Knox erupt on command reminded me of those volcanoes we built in science class when I was a kid. Baking soda and Coca Cola was the secret eruption recipe. Mother Nature apparently prefers soap — at least for Lady Knox.

Waiotapu was certainly a thermal wonderland. We strolled around for well over an hour breathing in the sulfur and marveling at the geothermal landscape.

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Of course, one of the best byproducts of all this geothermal activity are hot springs. We capped off the day by visiting Waikite, a very nice bath located about 6k away from Waiotapu.

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