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  Bead Geyser
Feature Type: Geyser
Geyser/Spring Type: Cone geyser

Lower Geyser Basin
Pink Cone Group

Bead is one of the most regular geysers in Yellowstone. Eruptions often occur within seconds of the current average. From 2005 through 2009 invervals varied from 20 to 42 minutes. The average interval varied from 27 to 33 minutes. Occasionally Bead will have periods when the average is about 20 minutes. Durations are usually around 2 1/2 minutes.
Bead is a fountain-type geyser. Heights reach about 25 feet.
Bead was named for the bead like geyser-eggs that were found around the geyser. Geyser-eggs are loose spherical pieces of geyserite. They are formed where splashing of the geyser not only causes the deposition of geyserite but also keeps the geyser-eggs moving so they can't cement themselves to the ground. The geyser-eggs at Bead Geyser are long gone, picked up by early tourists as souvenirs.

What to look for:
Unless you are up high, for instance on top of a van or RV, you cannot see into the geyser from the road. Prior to the eruption, the geyser fills slowly. When it is just below overflow, the eruption starts suddenly. Bursting is continuous and vigorous until the eruption suddenly ends with a sucking drain

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