The Eternal Flame Falls is a small waterfall located in the Shale Creek Preserve, a section of Chestnut Ridge Park in Western New York.It is said to have been lit thousands of years ago by Native Americans. The eternal flame is behind a waterfall.
For years, scientists thought that the eternal flame in New York was kept alight by gas produced by ancient, extremely hot rocks.
However, researchers from Indiana University have discovered that the rocks underneath the Chestnut Ridge County Park aren’t hot enough to produce this gas, which means another process is producing the gas that’s keeping the flame burning. And they have not been able to identify exactly what the process is.
Arndt Schimmelmann and the researchers from Indiana University discovered that the rocks were only the temperature of a ‘cup of tea’. They are unsure exactly how the New York gas is being produced.
Researchers from Indiana University took several measurements of the eternal flame in New York. By measuring the size of the flame, the researchers were able to determine how much gas it needed to burn.