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Date published: March 18, 2019

Exploring thermal areas in Yellowstone's remote southwest corner

There are over 10,000 thermal features scattered throughout Yellowstone National Park, and many are in remote locations. Attempting to make a more complete record of water and gas chemisty of all the park's features, scientists from the USGS and the National Park Service travelled to the southwest corner of the park to study remote thermal areas around Boundary Creek and the Bechler River.

Date published: March 11, 2019

A bridge over troubled water: Laying down infrastructure in Yellowstone's hydrothermal areas

Yellowstone Caldera Chronicles is a weekly column written by scientists and collaborators of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. This week's contribution is from Behnaz Hosseini, Geoscientist, and Jefferson Hungerford, Park Geologist, at the Yellowstone Center for Resources in Yellowstone National Park.

Date published: March 4, 2019

Yellowstone's Mushy Past

What does a magma chamber look like? At first thought, many of us would imagine a large cavern in the crust filled with molten rock. While this has...

Date published: February 25, 2019

Yellowstone Lake Shakes

It has been well documented that the interaction of ocean waves and the seabed causes seismic shaking that is recorded by seismometers around the world. This seismic energy is referred to the earth's "microseism". Research by University of Utah Seismologists has shown that these microseisms also exist at Yellowstone Lake.

Date published: February 18, 2019

Hydrothermal Research in Yellowstone—the lasting legacy of Donald E. White

One of the most distinguished researchers and staunchest supporters of Yellowstone was Don White (1914-2002) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Don had a significant impact on hydrothermal research in Yellowstone, and his testimony before Congress, together with former park superintendent John Townsley, gave Yellowstone its protection under the Geothermal Steam Act's amendments in 1970.

Date published: February 11, 2019

The remarkable diversity of hot springs on the bottom of Yellowstone Lake

 

Yellowstone National Park has one of the highest concentrations of continental geothermal activity on Earth, and includes an extraordinary collection of geysers, acid mud pots, steam fumaroles, and ...

Date published: February 4, 2019

Craters of the Moon: Idaho's last (and next?) volcanic eruption

Idaho is home to several young volcanoes, including the Craters of the Moon, Wapi, Kings Bowl, North and South Robbers, Cerro Grande, Hells Half Acre, and Shoshone lava fields. Craters of the Moon is one of the youngest volcanic areas in Idaho and may be the most likely in the state to erupt again.

Date published: January 28, 2019

Yellowstone — the year 2018 in review

Yellowstone Caldera Chronicles is a weekly column written by scientists and collaborators of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. This week's contribution is from Michael Poland, geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey and Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory.

Date published: December 17, 2018

Where hot and cold water meet: a study of LaDuke Hot Springs using UAVs and field observations

Just a few miles north of Yellowstone National Park, discharge from a sizable hydrothermal feature, LaDuke Hot Springs, mixes with the Yellowstone River.

Date published: December 10, 2018

A closer look at the 2017 Maple Creek earthquake swarm

In June of 2017, an earthquake swarm began beneath the western edge of Yellowstone National Park, just east of Hebgen Lake. This swarm proved to be one of the more persistent swarms observed in Yellowstone, with the main episode lasting more than 3 months and producing thousands of recorded earthquakes.

Date published: December 3, 2018

The Hydrothermal System in Yellowstone Lake

When you think of a lake bed, what comes to mind? Squishy bottom with some grasses, rocks, and sunken logs?