Yellowstone Volcano Observatory


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Date published: June 25, 2018

The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology studies water and seismicity in the Yellowstone area

As you know the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO) is more than just one agency—it's a consortium of institutions that collaborate to monitor and better understand Yellowstone. Included as part of YVO are the state geological surveys of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho—the three states in which Yellowstone is located. 

Date published: June 18, 2018

YVO – not just Yellowstone! Meet the volcanoes of the American Southwest!

The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO) is aptly named – the consortium of 8 organizations collaborates to study and monitor the active geologic processes and hazards of the Yellowstone Plateau. However, that's not all we do.

Date published: June 11, 2018

The Steamboat Geyser Eruption of June 4, 2018: A personal perspective

Yellowstone Caldera Chronicles is a weekly column written by scientists and collaborators of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. This week's contribution is from...

Date published: June 4, 2018

Yellowstone's active hydrothermal system - What's with the hot water?

Steamboat Geyser in Norris Geyser Basin has been measured as the World's tallest geyser (70-120 meters; 230-294 feet).

Date published: May 28, 2018

Leveling surveys and the discovery of uplift at Yellowstone

Today, YVO scientists monitor ground deformation at Yellowstone using the Global Positioning System (GPS) and interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR). Both techniques rely on signals from Earth-orbiting satellites. But how did scientists study deformation in the "old days" (meaning, prior to...

Date published: May 21, 2018

Way to go, Idaho…Geological Survey!

As you know, the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory is made up of 8 separate agencies that work together to monitor and understand the Yellowstone volcanic system. These agencies include the state geological surveys of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho.

Date published: May 14, 2018

Steamboat Counter

Steamboat Geyser, in the Norris Geyser Basin, appears to have entered a phase of more frequent water eruptions, much like it did in the 1960s and early 1980s. Although these eruptions do not have any implications for future volcanic activity at Yellowstone (after all, geysers are supposed to erupt, and most are erratic, like Steamboat), they are nonetheless spectacular.

Date published: May 14, 2018

The inside scoop on the 2018 YVO science meeting

As you know from past issues of Yellowstone Caldera Chronicles, the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO) is made up of several different agencies.

Date published: May 7, 2018

Nobel-winning research in the natural laboratory that is Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is an incredible natural laboratory. Researchers from around the world travel to Yellowstone every year to conduct scientific studies across a range of disciplines, from A(nthropology) to Z(oology) and everything in between.

Date published: April 30, 2018

Recent water eruptions at Steamboat Geyser

Steamboat geyser, in Norris Geyser Basin within Yellowstone National Park, is world famous for being the tallest active geyser in the world.

Date published: April 23, 2018

"Geohydrobiology" of Yellowstone – where Earth, water, and life intersect!

"Geohydrobiology" sounds like a made-up word—as if the prefixes from multiple scientific fields were strung together to score big points in a game of Scrabble. But it makes more sense when you break it down: geo, meaning Earth; hydro, meaning water; and bio, meaning life.

Date published: April 16, 2018

The source of Yellowstone's heat

Yellowstone is a geological wonderland, home to geysers, hot springs, and stunning landscapes, and subject to dynamic forces that result in near constant earthquake activity and ground deformation. But what is driving this activity? What is the source of Yellowstone's heat? New research suggests that Yellowstone's heat engine originates deep within the Earth.