Yellowstone’s Old Faithful’s Epic Eruption- VR Immersive Journalism

Yellowstone National Park is the world’s first national park. Marvel at a volcano’s hidden power rising up in colorful hot springs, mudpots, and geysers. Here you can explore mountains, forests, and lakes to watch wildlife and witness the natural world unfold her sheer beauty and power.

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Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have been documented, including several that are either endangered or threatened. The vast forests and grasslands also include unique species of plants. Yellowstone Park is the largest and most famous megafauna location in the Continental United States. Grizzly bears, wolves, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk live in the park.

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Old Faithful is a cone geyser located in Yellowstone National Park. Old Faithful was named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition and was the first geyser in the park to receive a name. It is one of the most predictable geographical features on Earth, erupting every 35 to 120 minutes. The geyser, as well as the nearby Old Faithful Inn, is part of the Old Faithful Historic District.

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Eruptions can shoot 3,700 to 8,400 US gallons (14,000 to 32,000 L) of boiling water to a height of 106 to 185 feet (32 to 56 m) lasting from 1.5 to 5 minutes. The average height of an eruption is 145 feet (44 m). Intervals between eruptions can range from 35 to 120 minutes, averaging 66.5 minutes in 1939, slowly increasing to an average of 90 minutes apart today.The time between eruptions has a bimodal distribution, with the mean interval being either 65 or 91 minutes.

Thanks to 360 video platforms like YouTube and Facebook, people who never had a chance to visit Yellowstone can experience it in 360 degree as if they were there.

This immersive 360 video by USA Today Network via the Oculus 360 Video Cast can be viewed via a number of devices such as computer, smartphone, Google Cardboard, and Gear VR headset.

Click here to open in Facebook app via Android phone.

How To Watch 360 Videos

From computer
YouTube and Facebook supports playback of 360 videos from the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera browsers. Safari is not supported.

From mobile
You will need to open the video using the latest version of the YouTube app for Android and iOS.
For an immersive experience, you can even watch 360 degree videos with Cardboard via the YouTube Android app. Once the 360 video is launched, simply click the Cardboard icon on the lower right corner and insert phone into the Cardboard. The Cardboard playback feature currently does not support iPhones.

From Gear VR
If you have a Gear VR, watching Facebook 360 videos is never easier. Just launch the video via the latest Facebook app, and notice on the left corner a “Watch in VR” Oculus icon. Simply click the icon and you will prompt to insert your Samsung Galaxy phone into the Gear VR headset. Then all you need to do is to seat back and enjoy the video. Other 360 videos platforms are available through Samsung Milk VR, Vrideo, iM360, NextVR, Littlstar, and Oculus Videos.

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