PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY. July 3. VOSTOK-MEDIA – A new geyser appeared in Volcano Uzon caldera in Kamchatka. This is the only pulsating spring in Kronotsky Nature Reserve beyond the Valley of Geysers (Dolina Geyzerov), reported RIA ‘Novosti’.
Volcano Uzon caldera was formed about 40000 years ago as the result of giant volcano destruction caused by a series of explosive eruptions. The caldera is a 150 sq. km. basin surrounded by steep rock walls. There are five thermal fields with thousands of spouting springs within the caldera, though there was no pulsating geyser up until now.
Scientists are observing the recently erupted geyser and hypothesizing as to its origin. The pulsating source has not yet been named.
Kronotsky State Nature Biosphere Reserve, where the famous Valley of Geysers and Volcano Uzon caldera are situated, is one of the oldest nature reserves in the world. The reserve was included in the World Natural Heritage List.
Valley of Geysers is the most popular tourist place of Kamchatka, where one may see all kinds of thermal springs and a wide range of rare plants, birds and animals.
The powerful avalanche descended in the Valley of geysers in June 2007, mud stream covered about two thirds of area of unique natural object filling 13 most beautiful hot springs. At present the majority of geysers resumed to pulsate, new hot spring orifices opened.