Imagine a pristine mountain stream that turns on and off every few minutes, all by itself. Believe it or not, there is such a Mystery River not far from here, one of only two in the entire world. Now, University of Utah scientists have new evidence that may explain how the phenomenon works.It's not a big river. It's an icy mountain stream. But a few minutes later, it's gone. And a few minutes after that, it's back. Gerald Vanbrunt, Arkansas Tourist: "This is just as good as Old Faithful." But it's not a geyser; it's fed by a cold-water spring. In fall and winter it has a natural cycle, about 20 minuteson, 20 minutes off. The only other spring like it in the world is in France.
It's a point of pride in nearby Afton, Wyoming.
Al Hale, Afton, Wyo. Resident: "Well the folklore is that the Indians were the first ones to see this phenomenon."
Just before it erupts, the
spring emits a deep gurgling noise. A rising puddle quickly becomes a
surprisingly vigorous roaring creek.
Kip Solomon, University of
Utah Hydrologist: "Well, everything about this spring is somewhat
surprising. It's an extremely unusual occurrence."
The town of Afton built a
structure to protect their water supply. It's very cold, very pure, and
it tastes good. It's won national awards.
Rulon Gardner, Olympic Gold Medalist: "Of course! You know, Star Valleywater. It's the best in the world."
Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner's great-great grand-dad is credited with the discovery.
Rulon Gardner, Olympic Gold
Medalist: "He was up there logging. He went up and found a nice little
place to get some fresh water. It was intermittent. It went, and
stopped. So it was pretty amazing."
In late summer, scientists collected water samples. They're exploring an old theory involving a mysterious underground chamber.
Prof. Kip Solomon: "We can't think of another explanation at the moment."
Here's the theory: As
groundwater flows continuously into a cavern, it fills a narrow tube
that leads out. As it pours over the high point of the tube, it creates
a siphon effect, sucking water out of the chamber. Eventuallyair
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