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Exciting insights into Yellowstone’s youngest supereruption

Exciting insights into Yellowstone’s youngest supereruption

About 631,000 years ago, a massive eruption formed what today is known as Yellowstone Caldera. New deposits, discovered within the caldera, are...

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How do GPS stations monitoring Yellowstone measure such small movements?

How do GPS stations monitoring Yellowstone measure such small movements?

In Yellowstone, deformation of the ground surface can be measured to fractions of an inch.  Specialized methods of processing GPS data make it...

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How much heat is emitted by hydrothermal areas on the floor of Yellowstone Lake?

How much heat is emitted by hydrothermal areas on the floor of Yellowstone Lake?

Measuring the heat output of a hydrothermal area is not easy—Earth’s surface is often too noisy for accurate measurements to be made easily.  But the...

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Temperature Loggers Shed Light on Past and Future Yellowstone Geyser Activity

Temperature Loggers Shed Light on Past and Future Yellowstone Geyser Activity

Selected hydrothermal features at Yellowstone National Park have data loggers that capture geyser eruption times. A systematic analysis of these data...

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Henrys Fork Caldera: A glimpse into one possible future for Yellowstone

Henrys Fork Caldera: A glimpse into one possible future for Yellowstone

What will happen to Yellowstone once its rhyolite magma system shuts down? To understand the future, geologists look to the past—in this case, to...

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A step-by-step guide for accessing satellite images of Yellowstone

A step-by-step guide for accessing satellite images of Yellowstone


Have you ever wanted to get your own visible and thermal infrared satellite images of Yellowstone?  They are relatively easy to find and download...

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How and why do we collect sediment cores in Yellowstone Lake?

How and why do we collect sediment cores in Yellowstone Lake?

In August 2021, YVO scientists collected sediment cores from the floor of Yellowstone Lake. Analysis of the sediment composition, as well as the...

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Taking Yellowstone seismology to the classroom for some “deep learning”

Taking Yellowstone seismology to the classroom for some “deep learning”

Locating earthquakes in Yellowstone is a time-intensive process that requires the trained eye and extensive experience of a human analyst. But...

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Scientists can now “sniff” Yellowstone gases in real time

Scientists can now “sniff” Yellowstone gases in real time

Much is known about how the chemical compositions of gases vary across the Yellowstone volcanic system, but how they vary in time has remained largely...

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Silver Gate—the Mammoth Terraces of yesteryear!

Silver Gate—the Mammoth Terraces of yesteryear!

Just south of Mammoth Hot Springs, near the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park, lies a jumble of white/gray rock known as the Hoodoos or...

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Locating earthquakes in the Yellowstone region

Locating earthquakes in the Yellowstone region

Ever wonder how seismologists determine the location of an earthquake in Yellowstone?  It’s an intricate process, but thanks to experienced scientists...

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Volcano deformation: What and why?

Volcano deformation: What and why?

The ground surface at Yellowstone goes up and down.  Since 2015 the caldera has been going down at a rate of about 2–3 cm—about 1 inch—per year, but...

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