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  Splendid Geyser
Feature Type: Geyser
Geyser/Spring Type: Fountain geyser

Upper Geyser Basin
Daisy Group

Splendid is a major geyser. Unfortunately, most years it is very rare with no more than a couple of eruptions being seen, and years can pass (indeed, recently have been passing) with no recorded eruptions at all. During an active year, though, it is quite a spectacle to see. Splendid can erupt close to 200 feet for 9 minutes or more. Each eruption is different and the size and duration varies considerably. Probably the most intriguing behavior is when Splendid is active with Daisy. This most recently happened in 1997. At these times, Daisy and Splendid can erupt together. These two nearby geysers seem to try to out-do each other, each growing beyond their normal size and strength. This is one of the best shows in the Yellowstone. Unfortunately, it is rare.

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Another picture of a concerted, Dual, eruption of Splendid (on the right) and Daisy (on the left). From this vantage Daisy's angled plume is clearly visible.

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Splendid Geyser in eruption as seen from near Grand Geyser, taken by Jared Moulding.

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A concerted eruption, "Dual Eruption", of Splendid Geyser (left) and Daisy Geyser (right). These eruptions are quite rare. 1997 marked the first year in nearly a decade in which duals were seen but the activity lasted only a few months.

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