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  Crested Pool
Feature Type: Geyser
Geyser/Spring Type: Intermittant hot spring - periodic flow

Basin
Upper Geyser Basin
Complex
Grand and Castle Group

Crested Pool is a beautiful blue, super-heated pool. Tragically, it is one of the thermal features in Yellowstone to have claimed a human life. It is always prudent to remember the dangers in the thermal areas.

Depending upon your definition of a geyser, Crested Pool is either a geyser or a pool which has periodic large heavy boils. Crested Pool is almost constantly in overflow over its built up, crested, edge. Every few minutes, it has heavy boils. Usually these boils only reach a few inches, but sometimes they reach a few feet. On rare occasions, most recently in September 2017, they reach 6 to 8 feet and have even gone over 10 feet. The larger boils build quickly and usually startle anyone standing nearby. After the larger boils, the pool drops below overflow and takes a few seconds to reach overflow again. These boils can be sufficiently unlike the usual boiling that the "geyser" definition seems indicated, even if "eruptions" are relatively rare.

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During the late 1800's (this picture was taken in 1888) Crested pool was known to react to eruptions of Castle Geyser. At the time Crested Pool was much cooler than it is know. When Castle would erupt, Crested's water level would drop a foot or two as shown in the above picture.

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This picture of Crested Pool was taken by Ralph Taylor prior to the boardwalk being moved and rerouted.
 



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