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    Littering is a huge problem to me. A lot of folks litter where I live. I can't stand it.

    This is why park rangers warn tourists not to throw things in Yellowstone's geysers

    When watching a natural geyser erupt, the last thing spectators expect is to see garbage rain down.

    But those who watched Yellowstone's Ear Spring geyser erupt on September 15 had an unusual experience.

    Ear Spring is normally a docile hot pool, but its rare eruption last month shot water, rocks and trash upwards of 20 feet, according to the United States Geological Survey. It was the spring's first eruption of this magnitude since 1957.



    After the eruption, an assortment of items were found by Yellowstone National Park employees around the vent of the geyser.

    Grizzly bear warning signs, cigarette butts and a 1930s pacifier were among the items discovered, said park rangers via Facebook Live this week.




    Most of the recognizable items will be cataloged and stored in Yellowstone's museum collections, according to museum curator Colleen Curry.

    "Stuff like this that can tell us a story, and the history of how people were unfortunately using the spring while they were visiting it will definitely be added to the collections," Curry said.

    Although some of Yellowstone's staff were excited to take a trip back in time, they made sure to remind visitors not to throw things into any geysers or springs.

    "When the vent becomes completely plugged, as it has in several springs in the park, then the spring can actually plug up to the point where it's not a hot spring any more and it'll go dormant or it'll die," park ranger Rebecca Roland said.

    Roland explained how this has happened at other sites in the park, like Handkerchief Pool, an attraction that no longer exists because of visitors' fascination with the pool's ability to clean items, specifically handkerchiefs.

    The attraction's vent eventually got clogged due to too much junk and shut off, according to Roland.

    "Foreign objects can damage hot springs and geysers. The next time Ear Spring erupts, we hope it's nothing but natural rocks and water," Yellowstone National Park wrote on Facebook. "You can help by never throwing anything into Yellowstone's thermal features!"

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    Fuckers. My favorite spot in the world is an absolutely gorgeous mountain stream/small river with gigantic boulders in it that I love to climb up. The main spot for which the area is named is constantly clogged with tourists. You wouldn't believe the litter. The time it hit me the hardest, my girl and I were at the end of our day's acid trip (her first time) and we came back after almost everyone had left, and the first thing I saw was a bunch of reishi mushrooms I had wanted to collect one of to make with dinner had been hacked off a tree and stomped on. Then we noticed plastic soda bottles everywhere. We found a discarded pair of shoes, more than one towel, even a shit-stained pair of underwear. It was so fucked up. Us and a couple of other people were carrying all of it that we could out with us but there was so much still left behind. Boggles my mind how someone could act that way. Fuckers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowmeister View Post
    Fuckers. My favorite spot in the world is an absolutely gorgeous mountain stream/small river with gigantic boulders in it that I love to climb up. The main spot for which the area is named is constantly clogged with tourists. You wouldn't believe the litter. The time it hit me the hardest, my girl and I were at the end of our day's acid trip (her first time) and we came back after almost everyone had left, and the first thing I saw was a bunch of reishi mushrooms I had wanted to collect one of to make with dinner had been hacked off a tree and stomped on. Then we noticed plastic soda bottles everywhere. We found a discarded pair of shoes, more than one towel, even a shit-stained pair of underwear. It was so fucked up. Us and a couple of other people were carrying all of it that we could out with us but there was so much still left behind. Boggles my mind how someone could act that way. Fuckers.
    When I go camping I pack out all the trash and I even bring extra trash bags just to beautify wherever I am. One vacation I filled up like two bags of other people's trash around the edge of a lake. Really sad how people just trash the earth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain.Heroin View Post
    When I go camping I pack out all the trash and I even bring extra trash bags just to beautify wherever I am. One vacation I filled up like two bags of other people's trash around the edge of a lake. Really sad how people just trash the earth.
    I once found a plastic bag of trash in a pit toilet in a primitive camping area.

    It almost makes me want to support flogging of people who break the rules.
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