The Birth of the Dragon
Without any warning, a violent eruption in 1870 would forever change a quiet pine forest in the heart of Yellowstone National Park. Shaking the ground with each eruption, black mud spewed high into the treetops. This explosive change was the dawning of the Black Dragon’s Cauldron.
For decades the Cauldron sent eruptions of black mud up to 20 feet high. The park officials at the time dubbed the site the Black Dragon because the mud resembled “a black demon of the backwoods.”
The ever changing and dynamic landscape of Yellowstone has caused the cauldron to migrate 200 feet southeast from its original location. Today, the Black Dragon’s Cauldron is mostly dormant. As change is a constant, who could predict when this dark demon of the backwoods will burst back to life.
Dragon’s Breath Steam Vent
Did you ever wonder what dragon breath would really smell like? Take a hike to the Black Dragon’s steam vent and you will know instantly. The putrid smell of sulphur, rising from the primadoral depths of the dragon’s cauldron.
Deep within Yellowstone’s magma chamber, hydrogen sulfide gas rises up toward the earth’s crust. The pressure from underneath causes the mud to bubble up to the surface. When the iron in the soil mixes with sulphur, it forms iron sulfide.
Within the mud volcano, another element is at play. Microorganisms, called thermophiles use this gas as a form of energy. This mutual exchange turns the gas into sulphuric acid. This acid is so corrosive, it melts the surrounding rock and soil into the oozing grey and black swirls of the mud volcano.
This mud pot exploded into existence fairly recently in 1948. It’s eruption was so violent that it literally blew trees out by their roots, killing most of the surrounding forest vegetation.
The heart of the Black Dragon’s Cauldron is getting hotter with every decade. The trends show that between 1971 and 1978, the cauldron rose in temperature from 100 degrees to 150 degrees fahrenheit. Scientists believe that seismic activity has greatly contributed to the rise in temperature.
The summer of 1995 shook Yellowstone with over 500 recorded earthquakes over a span of thirty days. This occurrence shot the temperature up another 10 degrees. Finally, today the temperature of the cauldron sits at roughly 170 degrees fahrenheit. This is due to the aftermath of seismic activity in 2002, which caused the cauldron to roil violently due to gases escaping from the magma chambers that lie below the surface.
Will Mud Geyser & Churning Cauldron erupt again?
That question is perhaps left to fortune tellers, gyspy’s, crystal balls and tarot card readings. The real answer is that we can never predict it. Only time will tell.
Micah Lyn is an Intuitive Healer and E-RYT 500 Certified Yoga Instructor registered with the Yoga Alliance. She offers a variety of private yoga classes, therapeutic yoga sessions and intuitive healing services at Pachamama Yoga ✨ Los Angeles Healing Center. Visit the YTT Programs & Workshops page to see upcoming Online & Hands-on Intensive Yoga Teacher Trainings, Virtual Online Yoga Workshops & Transformational Yoga Retreats featured worldwide.
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