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Swimming Pools at Yellowstone? Swimming Pools at Yellowstone? (Yellowstone Monthly Update - June 2024)
Swimming Pools at Yellowstone? (Yellowstone Monthly Update - June 2024)
Swimming Pools at Yellowstone? (Yellowstone Monthly Update - June 2024)

Up until the 1950s, visitors to the Old Faithful area could take a dip. Not at a geyser, but in a real swimming pool. The full story is in this month’s video update. 

Up until the 1950s, visitors to the Old Faithful area could take a dip. Not at a geyser, but in a real swimming pool. The full story is in this month’s video update. 

lava erupting from a fissure Aerial video of the Southwest Rift Zone eruption of Kīlauea
Aerial video of the Southwest Rift Zone eruption of Kīlauea
Aerial video of the Southwest Rift Zone eruption of Kīlauea

Aerial video of the Southwest Rift Zone eruption of Kīlauea, viewed during an overflight at approximately 6 a.m. on June 3, 2024. USGS video.

Aerial video of the Southwest Rift Zone eruption of Kīlauea, viewed during an overflight at approximately 6 a.m. on June 3, 2024. USGS video.

Lave erupting from a fissure as seen from a helicopter flover. Flyover of Southwest Rift Zone (June 3, 2024)
Flyover of Southwest Rift Zone (June 3, 2024)
Flyover of Southwest Rift Zone (June 3, 2024)

During an overflight at approximately 6 a.m., USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists observed the fissures system that opened on the upper portion of the Southwest Rift Zone early this morning. Approximately half a mile (about 1 km) in length, only the southwest portion of the system was active by daylight. 

During an overflight at approximately 6 a.m., USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists observed the fissures system that opened on the upper portion of the Southwest Rift Zone early this morning. Approximately half a mile (about 1 km) in length, only the southwest portion of the system was active by daylight. 

Black and white photograph of explosive eruption with text over it 100 years ago at Kīlauea: The 1924 explosive eruption described by Thomas Jaggar
100 years ago at Kīlauea: The 1924 explosive eruption described by Thomas Jaggar
100 years ago at Kīlauea: The 1924 explosive eruption described by Thomas Jaggar

This two-minute video summarizes the 1924 explosive eruption at the summit of Kīlauea, which occurred 100 years ago this year. The video is narrated by Thomas Jaggar, who founded the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory in 1912. His description of the 1924 eruption was recorded in 1951 by Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. 

This two-minute video summarizes the 1924 explosive eruption at the summit of Kīlauea, which occurred 100 years ago this year. The video is narrated by Thomas Jaggar, who founded the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory in 1912. His description of the 1924 eruption was recorded in 1951 by Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. 

Mount St. Helens vs. Yellowstone Mount St. Helens VS Yellowstone (Yellowstone Monthly Update - May 2024)
Mount St. Helens VS Yellowstone (Yellowstone Monthly Update - May 2024)
Mount St. Helens VS Yellowstone (Yellowstone Monthly Update - May 2024)

Mount St. Helens and Yellowstone are two of the most well-known volcanoes in the United States. They have some pretty obvious differences, but they have some similarities as well. So, just how similar are Mount St. Helens and Yellowstone?

Mount St. Helens and Yellowstone are two of the most well-known volcanoes in the United States. They have some pretty obvious differences, but they have some similarities as well. So, just how similar are Mount St. Helens and Yellowstone?

A satellite image of a lake beside an image of the Earth, with text on top of the image Image of the Week: A Warm February in Northern Minnesota
Image of the Week: A Warm February in Northern Minnesota
Image of the Week: A Warm February in Northern Minnesota

Like many lakes in northern Minnesota, Mille Lacs near Brainerd experienced an uncommonly warm winter this year, with lower than average snowfall. Natural color Landsat images from the past ten Februarys reveal a stark change in 2024.

Like many lakes in northern Minnesota, Mille Lacs near Brainerd experienced an uncommonly warm winter this year, with lower than average snowfall. Natural color Landsat images from the past ten Februarys reveal a stark change in 2024.

Thumbnail_LNorman Human-Built Natural Infrastructure in Dryland Streams — Lessons from the "20-Year Crew"
Human-Built Natural Infrastructure in Dryland Streams — Lessons from the "20-Year Crew"
Human-Built Natural Infrastructure in Dryland Streams — Lessons from the "20-Year Crew"

On April 16^th^, 2024, the USGS hosted notable restoration practitioners from the Sky Island Restoration Collaborative (SIRC) at the National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration, in Albuquerque, NM, in a session about low-cost, low-tech, nature-based solutions, that can help people mitigate and adapt to climate changes.  

On April 16^th^, 2024, the USGS hosted notable restoration practitioners from the Sky Island Restoration Collaborative (SIRC) at the National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration, in Albuquerque, NM, in a session about low-cost, low-tech, nature-based solutions, that can help people mitigate and adapt to climate changes.  

Color photograph of caldera with white text Kīlauea Collapse and Refilling – Changes Since 2018
Kīlauea Collapse and Refilling – Changes Since 2018
Kīlauea Collapse and Refilling – Changes Since 2018

This video summarizes changes to the summit Kīlauea volcano since the 2018 caldera collapse. In the year after the 2018 collapse, a water lake began to rise from the bottom. It evaporated during about 90 minutes when an eruption started in Halemaʻumaʻu crater on the night of December 20, 2020.

This video summarizes changes to the summit Kīlauea volcano since the 2018 caldera collapse. In the year after the 2018 collapse, a water lake began to rise from the bottom. It evaporated during about 90 minutes when an eruption started in Halemaʻumaʻu crater on the night of December 20, 2020.

Two people talk during an online meeting. Press Conference — M 4.8 near Whitehouse Station, NJ (afternoon)
Press Conference — M 4.8 near Whitehouse Station, NJ (afternoon)
Press Conference — M 4.8 near Whitehouse Station, NJ (afternoon)

Press conference held at 2:30 pm EST on April 5, 2024. 

Man holds a small ship, title reads "Ship wrecked in Yellowstone Lake?" Ship Wrecked in Yellowstone Lake? (Yellowstone Volcano Monthly Update - April 2024)
Ship Wrecked in Yellowstone Lake? (Yellowstone Volcano Monthly Update - April 2024)
Ship Wrecked in Yellowstone Lake? (Yellowstone Volcano Monthly Update - April 2024)

Is there a wrecked ship rising out of Yellowstone Lake or is it an April Fool's joke? Watch to learn more!

Satellite image of a white mass of clouds with circular dark spots with a title Von Karman Vortices in the Atlantic (Image of the Week)
Von Karman Vortices in the Atlantic (Image of the Week)
Von Karman Vortices in the Atlantic (Image of the Week)

On March 3rd, near South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Landsat 9 captured this dream-like image. This natural color view shows a weather pattern known as a “Von Karman vortex street," caused by prevailing winds from the southeast.

On March 3rd, near South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Landsat 9 captured this dream-like image. This natural color view shows a weather pattern known as a “Von Karman vortex street," caused by prevailing winds from the southeast.

Black and white images show damage caused by the 1964 earthquake and tsunami in Valdez, Alaska The 1964 Tsunami in Valdez, Alaska
The 1964 Tsunami in Valdez, Alaska
The 1964 Tsunami in Valdez, Alaska

This is a remarkable film of the underwater landslide and tsunami at Valdez, Alaska, taken during the 1964 Great Alaska earthquake. 

It has never been seen before in its correct sequence. There is no other film that we are aware of that shows the formation of a large submarine landslide.

This is a remarkable film of the underwater landslide and tsunami at Valdez, Alaska, taken during the 1964 Great Alaska earthquake. 

It has never been seen before in its correct sequence. There is no other film that we are aware of that shows the formation of a large submarine landslide.

A model of a ship on blue background strewn with small, flat white shapes and text Image of the Week: Ice Routes in Finland Revealed by Landsat
Image of the Week: Ice Routes in Finland Revealed by Landsat
Image of the Week: Ice Routes in Finland Revealed by Landsat

Cloud-free satellite views of Lake Saimaa in Finland are rare in January. But this Landsat 9 scene, captured on January 4th, reveals over 200 miles of winter shipping lanes. The water vapor from 3 large wood pulp factories can be seen on this shoreline. One is located in Lappeenranta, where the ice route begins.

Cloud-free satellite views of Lake Saimaa in Finland are rare in January. But this Landsat 9 scene, captured on January 4th, reveals over 200 miles of winter shipping lanes. The water vapor from 3 large wood pulp factories can be seen on this shoreline. One is located in Lappeenranta, where the ice route begins.

Satellite view of clouds over the western United States Atmospheric rivers cause the majority of precipitation-induced landslides in Western North America
Atmospheric rivers cause the majority of precipitation-induced landslides in Western North America
Atmospheric rivers cause the majority of precipitation-induced landslides in Western North America

Atmospheric rivers (ARs) are transient channels of intense horizontal water vapor transport in the lower atmosphere.

Two polar bears in water. Top center you see the underside chin of bear and below you see full face and neck of bear. POV Polar Bear Collar Cam B-roll 2019, 2021, and 2022
POV Polar Bear Collar Cam B-roll 2019, 2021, and 2022
POV Polar Bear Collar Cam B-roll 2019, 2021, and 2022

This is B-roll video of POV Polar Bear Collar Cam B-roll 2019, 2021, and 2022. 

This is B-roll video of POV Polar Bear Collar Cam B-roll 2019, 2021, and 2022. 

Photo of water and a dam with title in various colors on top, plus a fish illustration with a word bubble Image of the Week: Landsat Views of Africa's Largest Hydro Dam
Image of the Week: Landsat Views of Africa's Largest Hydro Dam
Image of the Week: Landsat Views of Africa's Largest Hydro Dam

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is set to become the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa.

Located near the Sudan border in Ethiopia, the promising and controversial project impacts communities up and down the Blue Nile.

Landsat sensors capture the region in false color infrared, emphasizing the reservoir's boundary.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is set to become the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa.

Located near the Sudan border in Ethiopia, the promising and controversial project impacts communities up and down the Blue Nile.

Landsat sensors capture the region in false color infrared, emphasizing the reservoir's boundary.

Guided by science. Join us live @usinterior Instagram Live - DOI Secretary Haaland and USGS Director Applegate
Instagram Live - DOI Secretary Haaland and USGS Director Applegate
Instagram Live - DOI Secretary Haaland and USGS Director Applegate

An Instagram Live even hosted by Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland with special guest USGS Director Dr. David Applegate. The even took place on January 5, 2024.

An Instagram Live even hosted by Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland with special guest USGS Director Dr. David Applegate. The even took place on January 5, 2024.

Yellowstone Volcano Observatory - Top 5 Updates of 2023 Top 5 Updates of 2023 — Yellowstone Volcano Update for January 2024
Top 5 Updates of 2023 — Yellowstone Volcano Update for January 2024
Top 5 Updates of 2023 — Yellowstone Volcano Update for January 2024

In this monthly update of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, we present our take on the top five headlines for 2023.

0:12 - Earthquakes, Deformation

1:20 - Steamboat Geyser Eruptions

2:30 - New Monitoring for Hydrothermal

3:24 - Volcanic Eruptions at Yellowstone

4:34 - Magma Chamber below Yellowstone

 

In this monthly update of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, we present our take on the top five headlines for 2023.

0:12 - Earthquakes, Deformation

1:20 - Steamboat Geyser Eruptions

2:30 - New Monitoring for Hydrothermal

3:24 - Volcanic Eruptions at Yellowstone

4:34 - Magma Chamber below Yellowstone

 

Poster-type image of Earth in the background, an aerial image of land and a water tower with title/logo Image of the Week: Aerial Photos of an Image Archive
Image of the Week: Aerial Photos of an Image Archive
Image of the Week: Aerial Photos of an Image Archive

The home of the Landsat satellite archive is surrounded by corn and soybean fields. The archive is kept at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS) located near Sioux Falls, South Dakota. EROS is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The home of the Landsat satellite archive is surrounded by corn and soybean fields. The archive is kept at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS) located near Sioux Falls, South Dakota. EROS is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Text title over a satellite image of river and land Image of the Week - Drought in Brazil
Image of the Week - Drought in Brazil
Image of the Week - Drought in Brazil

The Amazon Rainforest in South America typically experiences its drier season between the months of July and October. Satellite imagery from Landsats 9 and 8 show severe drought conditions in 2023 in comparison to 2022 when the area received average rainfall.

The Amazon Rainforest in South America typically experiences its drier season between the months of July and October. Satellite imagery from Landsats 9 and 8 show severe drought conditions in 2023 in comparison to 2022 when the area received average rainfall.