NOTE: The Geyser e-mail List Server is NOT part of GOSA
(The Geyser Observation and Study Association.) Though, many members of the list serve,
including the founder of the list server, are also
members of GOSA.
The Geyser e-mail List-Server is a moderated discussion group
for those interested in geysers. Besides discussing issues of
interest to the gazer community, reports of current geyser
activity are also frequently posted.
The following is the welcome message and charter of the geyser
[Last updated on: Mon Dec 8 18:13:49 1997]
GEYSER LIST WELCOME MESSAGE
How to Subscribe/Unsubscribe
- How to Post to the Geyser List
- Possible Publication in the GOSA SPUT
- Geyser-List Charter
- Back-Country Warning
- Commonly Used Abbreviations
- Glossary of Common Terms
To subscribe just go to the following webpage and follow the
(See above instructions but replace "subscribe" with
Posting to the Geyser List
Send submittals to address [email@example.com]. All postings
will be screened by the moderator to guarantee compliance with
the Geyser List Charter (see the next section) and, unless there
are extenuating circumstances, posted to the group.
Possible Publication in the GOSA SPUT
The SPUT (a bi-monthly GOSA publication) Editors reserve the
right to publish geyser-activity information in whole, in part or
as condensed, unless your posting begins with an explicit denial,
such as "Permission for republication is denied." SPUT
Editors will request permission before publishing anything beyond
Geyser List Charter
This mailing list is a moderated group that deals with any
news about geysers and thermal features, anything that affects
these features or their surroundings or the people who watch
them. It deals primarily with Yellowstone National Park, but
submittals about other geyser areas around the world are also
Below are listed some, BUT NOT ALL, of the types of submittals
that are appropriate to this group.
Submittals about current geyser activity are greatly
encouraged. No piece of information in this area is too small or
insignificant. The accuracy of the report is the responsibility
of the person making the report.
Clarifications or corrections of previous posts are greatly
encouraged. It is more important to try to get out correct
information than to feel embarrassed about sending out incorrect
information previously. Every-one makes mistakes. Clarifications
and corrections should not be accusatorial in tone.
News about vandalism or other activities that have a negative
affect on the thermal features is greatly encouraged.
News about Geyser Gazers or actions that will affect them is
News about dangers, such as bear activity near back country
thermal features, is appropriate.
Below are listed the types of posts that are not acceptable:
Posts describing how to carry out an illegal activity will not
be sent out to the list. News about an illegal activity that has
occurred, such as vandalism of a geyser, are encouraged but a
tutorial on how to do it is not allowed.
Attacks against other people (flames) are discouraged and
people that engage in such activity will be encouraged to leave
I. Many posts
will originate from people experienced in travel to Back-Country
geyser basins and thermal areas. These posts usually will not
include specific warnings about potential dangers in these areas
which do not have boardwalks or signs.
areas are dangerous and have caused fatal injuries. New areas
should never be entered without someone who can explain specific
and necessary precautions and without preliminary reading to know
the nature of the thermal features.
III. The most
common hazards are:
a) Overhangs around pools,
b) Hot mud with a deceptive crust,
c) Hot mud with a deceptive mossy crust,
d) Geysers that erupt in unpredictable directions,
e) Geysers that have occasional superlative (larger)
f) Thin crust completely covering hidden hot pools,
g) Unexpectedly hot runoff, and
h) Areas that have changed since last written about and
are far more dangerous than any written material could warn
a) Never approach the edge of a pool without checking for
b) Never stand closer than your height to the edge of
something dangerous (so that if you keel over you won't fall
c) Never stand close to a geyser that you do not
d) DEFINITELY!! Try to avoid leaving unsightly footprints.
Abbreviations commonly used on the Geyser List
Here are some of the abbreviations commonly used on the Geyser
List and in the Old Faithful logbook.