Wyoming RSS feed of news related to Wyoming https://www.usgs.gov/ en Thermal kames: The unique glacial hills of Yellowstone’s geyser basins https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/thermal-kames-unique-glacial-hills-yellowstones-geyser-basins?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Every heard of a thermal kame? If not, you’re hardly alone. It’s a rare landform that provides evidence of glaciers interacting with hydrothermal areas. And there are several excellent examples in Yellowstone!</p> Mon, 2 Oct 2023 06:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov 107f0eed-4b77-42bf-b2a7-1945441e7c3e mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Using high-resolution commercial satellite images to help map and monitor Yellowstone’s thermal areas https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/using-high-resolution-commercial-satellite-images-help-map-and-monitor?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Thanks to a newly funded project from NASA’s Commercial SmallSat Data Scientific Analysis Program, and an agreement with commercial satellite companies, YVO scientists can now delve more deeply into the use of high-resolution satellite images to aid in mapping and monitoring thermal areas. </p> Mon, 18 Sep 2023 02:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov 8898b96b-dc43-4717-9a28-ca992a6f817c mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Which is more hazardous to Yellowstone visitors, wildlife or hot springs? https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/which-more-hazardous-yellowstone-visitors-wildlife-or-hot-springs?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Although it is a common assumption that animals cause numerous wounds and deaths in Yellowstone, hot springs actually account for more injuries and fatalities.  And it isn’t close.</p> Mon, 4 Sep 2023 06:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov 1a5a06d4-03d5-49c4-87c0-5c39e22f13ba mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey USGS scientists with the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative lead field tour to share science outcomes with partners and stakeholders. https://www.usgs.gov/centers/fort-collins-science-center/news/usgs-scientists-wyoming-landscape-conservation-initiative?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The USGS WLCI science team lead, Patrick Anderson (USGS Fort Collins Science Center), organized a field tour on August 24 to share and discuss science outcomes with WLCI partners after five years of investigating aquatic processes and change on Muddy Creek and Littlefield Creek (Carbon County, Wyoming).</p> Thu, 31 Aug 2023 10:40:45 EDT edietrich@usgs.gov 50d66b2f-fcc3-4fe2-a2dc-2ffec5e59d6d edietrich@usgs.gov (edietrich@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey A deep dive into surficial geologic mapping https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/a-deep-dive-surficial-geologic-mapping?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Geologic maps are a fundamental tool for earth scientists to assemble and communicate geologic information. Under the umbrella of geologic mapping are subcategories of maps that emphasize different types of information, like surficial geologic maps, which are important to understanding Yellowstone’s geology.</p> Mon, 28 Aug 2023 06:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov 4c8f7939-c860-40ce-aef8-a41df33a8ac3 mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey So, where are you from? Tracing thermal waters in the rivers of Yellowstone back to their sources https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/so-where-are-you-tracing-thermal-waters-rivers-yellowstone-back-their?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Scientists can determine the sources of hydrothermal fluids in park rivers by monitoring water chemistry. The result? A “budget” of which geyser basins release the most hydrothermal fluids.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2023 06:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov 7287715a-3cb8-4004-99de-07bb60d88618 mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey The rising waters of Nuphar Lake, near Norris Geyser Basin https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/rising-waters-nuphar-lake-near-norris-geyser-basin?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>A small lake near Norris Geyser Basin has seen some significant changes over the past few years, rising in level and changing color due to inputs of thermal water from nearby hot springs.</p> Mon, 14 Aug 2023 06:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov bf4d8ac2-1085-4bd6-a535-83e172f0b7b6 mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Media Alert: The WSGS and USGS announce low-level helicopter flights near Laramie, Wyoming https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/media-alert-wsgs-and-usgs-announce-low-level-helicopter-flights-near-0?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Scientists with the Wyoming State Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey are partnering to image geology using airborne geophysical technology.</p> Fri, 11 Aug 2023 13:49:45 EDT apdemas@usgs.gov 5cf20bba-85c6-4792-a230-6bf9a8af4053 apdemas@usgs.gov (apdemas@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey New research sheds light on Steamboat Geyser’s eruptions, past and present https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/new-research-sheds-light-steamboat-geysers-eruptions-past-and-present?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>What can trees tell us about Steamboat Geyser’s history? Why do Steamboat’s seismic eruption signals vary seasonally? Get up to speed on two newly published research studies centered on the world’s tallest geyser.</p> Mon, 7 Aug 2023 06:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov 5f23d8c3-7017-4215-92a6-dcf97b9ac597 mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey New views of how magma is stored beneath Yellowstone provided by hundreds of seismic sensors https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/new-views-how-magma-stored-beneath-yellowstone-provided-hundreds-seismic?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Data from a major deployment of seismometers in 2020 is revealing new insights into the characteristics of the magma chamber beneath Yellowstone caldera, including how melt is distributed in the reservoir.</p> Mon, 31 Jul 2023 06:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov 0ac34e24-ccf1-4b65-a1d9-8ea9cf0851ec mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People: The Explorations that led to the world’s first National Park https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/benefit-and-enjoyment-people-explorations-led-worlds-first-national-park?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Long before the boardwalks, hotels, and roads, Yellowstone stood on the edge of the American wilderness. Its discovery and exploration by Euro-Americans led to the founding of the world’s first National Park.</p> Mon, 24 Jul 2023 06:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov 0e8413c7-f30a-4ad8-85ef-5bbe45c6e148 mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Out with the old, in with the new: Upgrading satellite communication technology at Yellowstone monitoring sites https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/out-old-new-upgrading-satellite-communication-technology-yellowstone?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>New satellite communication technology is being tested at Yellowstone monitoring stations and could have a big impact on how real-time data are collected and transmitted to YVO scientists.</p> Mon, 10 Jul 2023 03:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov e294e20b-5d6b-48ac-9f6c-34e6cb2070cb mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Media Alert: Low-level helicopter flights along Colorado-Wyoming border will study mineral potential https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/media-alert-low-level-helicopter-flights-along-colorado-wyoming-border-will?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p><em>Editor: In the public interest and in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the CGS, the WSGS and the USGS are announcing this low-level airborne project. Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.</em></p> Wed, 5 Jul 2023 12:27:46 EDT apdemas@usgs.gov 441b69b0-164d-4bbb-87df-d1dd11b0c6b1 apdemas@usgs.gov (apdemas@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey In the pantheon of caldera eruptions, where does Yellowstone rank? https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/pantheon-caldera-eruptions-where-does-yellowstone-rank?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The Yellowstone volcanic system has hosted some very large eruptions. But there have been much larger volcanic explosions in geologic history—including several in the western USA!</p> Mon, 3 Jul 2023 03:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov 201388cd-f9ac-45aa-8353-99367ad7300e mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Phones out and a toppled chimney? There’s much more to the story of the 1975 Yellowstone National Park Earthquake! https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/phones-out-and-a-toppled-chimney-theres-much-more-story-1975-yellowstone?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Yellowstone gets rattled by plenty of small earthquakes—between 1,500 and 2,500 located events in a typical year—but large damaging earthquakes have occurred there, too. The largest one recorded within the park was the 1975 magnitude 6 Yellowstone National Park Earthquake, and its importance to Yellowstone science exceeds even its considerable size.</p> Mon, 26 Jun 2023 03:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov d1de33a9-b2ad-42cb-9bc3-cea379a7b72e mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Everything is Relative: Precise Earthquake Location https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/everything-relative-precise-earthquake-location?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Locating an earthquake in an absolute sense can come with considerable uncertainty, but locating earthquakes relative to one another is far more accurate and can provide exciting insights into subsurface processes.</p> Mon, 19 Jun 2023 03:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov b8472ad5-ae76-428f-ac64-f33b585c4fa9 mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Recent thermal activity on Geyser Hill: New features and new eruptions! https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/recent-thermal-activity-geyser-hill-new-features-and-new-eruptions?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Geyser Hill, near Old Faithful, has experienced some recent changes, with a general increase in thermal and geyser activity. The changes are reminiscent of those that occurred in the same area in 2018 and are a testament to the dynamic nature of Yellowstone’s geyser basins.</p> Mon, 12 Jun 2023 03:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov c6706be6-9a42-4d3a-afe1-83613e970f9f mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey If an eruption is so unlikely, why do we monitor Yellowstone at all? https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/if-eruption-so-unlikely-why-do-we-monitor-yellowstone-all?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Monitoring data from Yellowstone are not just useful for assessing the potential for volcanic eruptions there.  We can also use what we learn from those data to track other types of geologic hazards, and to better understand similar volcanic systems elsewhere on Earth.</p> Mon, 5 Jun 2023 03:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov d2aa4fdc-2222-468e-bc46-b73c698e8f34 mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey What’s life got to do with it? How geobiological feedbacks make some Yellowstone pools acidic https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/whats-life-got-do-it-how-geobiological-feedbacks-make-some-yellowstone-pools?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Yellowstone hydrothermal features can be acidic or basic depending not only on the source of the feeding fluids, but also bacteria that might resemble the early forms of life on Earth.</p> Mon, 22 May 2023 03:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov e17ecf0f-60f7-4c08-806c-3a915f90b09d mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Media Alert: The Wyoming State Geological Survey and U.S. Geological Survey announce low-level helicopter flights in Central Wyoming https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/media-alert-wyoming-state-geological-survey-and-us-geological-survey?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The new airborne geophysical survey data will be collected using a helicopter and will fly over parts of central Wyoming, weather permitting. The survey will begin in mid-May and be completed in about four months.</p> Mon, 15 May 2023 12:18:09 EDT apdemas@usgs.gov 1ae6cf3c-1d52-4a28-beeb-77cd2f407b32 apdemas@usgs.gov (apdemas@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Yellowstone’s Famous Biscuits https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/yellowstones-famous-biscuits?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin hosts the legendary Old Faithful, but it's also home to an isolated thermal group famous for its biscuits.  Though, only a few remain of a large batch that existed prior to 1959. </p> Mon, 15 May 2023 03:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov 35046258-8bbe-4d7d-aae0-a8bdad08bfeb mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey The 2022 Yellowstone Volcano Observatory annual report—hot off the (virtual) presses! https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/2022-yellowstone-volcano-observatory-annual-report-hot-virtual-presses?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Interested in knowing more about Yellowstone’s activity, as well as research results, from the past year?  We’ve got you covered—the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory 2022 Annual Report is now online!</p> Mon, 8 May 2023 03:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov c37f7a95-820a-46f6-990b-dc748fc0125b mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Joint Wyoming State Geological Survey-U.S. Geological Survey Effort to Study Mineral Resources in Central Wyoming https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/joint-wyoming-state-geological-survey-us-geological-survey-effort-study?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Scientists from the Wyoming State Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey have launched a collaborative effort to collect a large swath of geophysical data in central Wyoming to better understand the area’s geologic framework for critical and other essential mineral resources.</p> Thu, 27 Apr 2023 17:00:00 EDT apdemas@usgs.gov 614925de-d12e-4db3-a618-64085026d39d apdemas@usgs.gov (apdemas@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey How do the hot springs on the floor of Yellowstone Lake compare to deep seafloor hydrothermal vents? https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/how-do-hot-springs-floor-yellowstone-lake-compare-deep-seafloor-hydrothermal?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, like the famous “black smokers,” and those on the floor of Yellowstone Lake have some general similarities, but they are also characterized by different types of fluid chemistry and mineral deposits.</p> Mon, 24 Apr 2023 03:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov a6b0bc0d-d56b-477c-bdaf-29d4fa9f29ac mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey The oldest igneous rocks in Yellowstone https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/oldest-igneous-rocks-yellowstone?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Much of the geological attention at Yellowstone National Park is on the young volcanic rocks. But the geologic history of the region and the ages of the rocks that are exposed in and around the park extend much farther back in time than the geologically recent volcanism.</p> Mon, 17 Apr 2023 03:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov d41ebcab-cd43-46d5-b6ef-0d378ddd19c3 mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing at Yellowstone 201: Processing the images https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/thermal-infrared-remote-sensing-yellowstone-201-processing-images?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Thermal infrared images not only make nice pictures, they also give us quantitative information about thermal energy being radiated from Earth’s surface.  This information can be very useful in understanding the characteristics of Yellowstone’s thermal areas.</p> Mon, 10 Apr 2023 03:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov 2aae2c3f-70b0-4e9b-bb3e-8ab190ab2723 mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Pink snow: Algae blooms high in the mountains of Yellowstone (and around the world) https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/pink-snow-algae-blooms-high-mountains-yellowstone-and-around-world?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>When one thinks of life in extreme environments, Yellowstone hot springs may be one of the first places to come to mind. Another extreme?  The surfaces of snow fields in the high country!</p> Mon, 3 Apr 2023 03:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov 5f3b4b15-5a5a-4c98-8ce3-a9ba46207b45 mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey A better understanding of Yellowstone hot springs and hydrothermal systems thanks to the outstanding achievements of Robert O. Fournier https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/a-better-understanding-yellowstone-hot-springs-and-hydrothermal-systems?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Robert Fournier, who passed away in January 2023, was a pioneer in studying the hydrothermal system of Yellowstone National Park, laying the foundation for a better understanding of subsurface hot-water reservoirs worldwide.</p> Mon, 27 Mar 2023 03:00:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov 9cec9694-2962-4d46-b9e2-0d659e208634 mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Tracing the sources of ancient volcanoclastic rocks in Yellowstone using crystals https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/tracing-sources-ancient-volcanoclastic-rocks-yellowstone-using-crystals?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Geologists are very much like detectives—they use a variety of investigative tools to understand how a landscape develops. Geochemistry is one such tool and can help link volcanic deposits to their sources, even if those sources are dozens of miles away.</p> Mon, 13 Mar 2023 00:01:00 EDT mpoland@usgs.gov 6078a04d-adcd-4a25-b1b6-fffeadfe222d mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Hypoliths: Life thriving under the bleach-white sinters of Yellowstone’s hydrothermal areas https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/yvo/news/hypoliths-life-thriving-under-bleach-white-sinters-yellowstones-hydrothermal?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>While most attention is given to the hot springs, geysers, fumaroles, and mud pots in Yellowstone’s hydrothermal areas, there are lessons just beneath the surface about how life might have taken shape on Earth billions of years ago.</p> Mon, 6 Mar 2023 03:00:00 EST mpoland@usgs.gov 5fadf170-b035-4ae3-afbc-00fd7853fd15 mpoland@usgs.gov (mpoland@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey