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Using radioactive radium to better understand Yellowstone’s hydrothermal system

Using radioactive radium to better understand Yellowstone’s hydrothermal system

You may have heard of radium in connection to French scientists Marie and Pierre Curie, or because it is in an environmental hazard. But what is it...

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Is Yellowstone overrated? As a disaster movie subject, maybe…

Is Yellowstone overrated? As a disaster movie subject, maybe…

Many people regard Yellowstone as an exceptional place that merits only positive superlatives. But in much of the broadcast, streaming, and popular...

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Gas emissions and temperatures measured at the new Tern Lake thermal area

Gas emissions and temperatures measured at the new Tern Lake thermal area

A team of scientists visited the new thermal area near Tern Lake to sample gases and measure temperatures.  The results of their work provide a...

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Unpacking the legacy of water chemistry research in Yellowstone National Park, 1883–present

Unpacking the legacy of water chemistry research in Yellowstone National Park, 1883–present

The record of water chemistry data in Yellowstone predates the development of the pH (acidity) scale!  These data are a testament to numerous...

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Changes since 2018—Kīlauea summit caldera collapse and refilling

Changes since 2018—Kīlauea summit caldera collapse and refilling

In 2018, a large eruption from the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea partially drained the summit magma reservoir, which caused portions of the...

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Thermal infrared remote sensing at Yellowstone 301: Thermal metrics

Thermal infrared remote sensing at Yellowstone 301: Thermal metrics

Is Yellowstone heating up, or cooling down?  How much heat is radiating away from the surface in Yellowstone’s thermal areas, and how does it change...

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Hydrothermal deposits record climate changes in Yellowstone

Hydrothermal deposits record climate changes in Yellowstone

Have you ever wondered if Yellowstone’s hydrothermal system is affected by the amount of precipitation or the annual temperature? It turns out that...

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Monument Geyser Basin: a unique vapor-dominated thermal area in Yellowstone National Park

Monument Geyser Basin: a unique vapor-dominated thermal area in Yellowstone National Park

Just south of Norris Geyser Basin is a little-visited thermal area called Monument Geyser Basin. The “monuments” there are unique in Yellowstone’s...

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A beginner's guide to dating (rocks)

A beginner's guide to dating (rocks)

Geologists study the rock record to understand how our world came to be and to try to determine what geologic events might occur in the future. The...

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The 1959 Madison Slide, Part 2: Recovery and remediation

The 1959 Madison Slide, Part 2: Recovery and remediation

Mitigating the effects of the 1959 Madison Slide required a complex response of federal, local, and private organizations. The joint efforts...

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The 1959 Madison Slide, Part 1: A deadly consequence of the Hebgen Lake Earthquake

The 1959 Madison Slide, Part 1: A deadly consequence of the Hebgen Lake Earthquake

As the ground started shaking due to the 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake, a mountain in Madison Canyon collapsed, devastating the area and causing...

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Exploring 140 years of water chemistry research in Yellowstone National Park

Exploring 140 years of water chemistry research in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone’s waters have been a subject of intense study for well over a century. A new database is now available summarizing water chemistry results...

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