Monday, August 17, 2009
My World: Roaring Mountain Yellowstone
On the northwest side of Yellowstone, about 5 miles north of the Norris Geyser Basin, stands Roaring Mountain. This barren hill side was named back in 1985 by Arnold Hague and Walter Weed. It was called roaring mountain because of the load sound that the steam made as it escaped the many vents and fumaroles that dot the surface.
Although Roaring Mountain seems much more tame these days, the amount of steam escaping has decreased so the mountain is much more quiet, it is still quiet dangerous. The temperature on Roaring Mountain is quite hot it can reach up to almost 200 degrees. The 400 foot ridge is also covered with sulfuric acid which has leached from sulfur deposits that line many of the steam vents and fumaroles. This sulfuric acid has leached away at the mountain and created a stark landscape in the midst of pine forests and mountain lakes.