Geyser changes hands

Fly Geyser, a familiar and colorful—but rarely seen—formation on the Black Rock Desert has been sold to Burning Man Project, along with the ranch that encloses it. The sale was made for $6.5 million.

One unnamed geyser in the area was created a century ago when a well was being drilled for irrigation purposes that never came to pass. In 1964, another test well drilled by a geothermal company created Fly Geyser and also drained the first geyser of its pressure. Fly Geyser was not hot enough for power generation and was sealed back up but the seal did not hold.