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Old Faithful in eruption
April 13, 2006

Old Faithful in eruption

Old Faithful Geyser in eruption. Under Yellowstone Research Permit YELL-SCI-8030, 13 mineralized wood specimens were collected from the geyser mound. The dates of the mineralized wood samples imply that such eruptions did not take place for over a century between the mid-13th to mid-14th centuries.

Describing work that USGS does at the Women In Science Conference
October 15, 2004

Describing work that USGS does at the Women In Science Conference

Describing work that USGS does to students at the Women In Science Conference

March 4, 2004

PubTalk 3/2004 — Mapping the American West

Clarence King and the 40th Parallel Survey

By James G. Moore, Geologist

  • After completing a geology degree at Yale and coming West in a wagon train, Clarence King worked with the California Geological Survey and was in the field party that discovered Mount Whitney
  • King led the United States Geological Exploration of the
Sheepeater Cliff, in Yellowstone National Park
December 31, 2003

Sheepeater Cliff, in Yellowstone National Park

Slow cooling of a basaltic lava flow that was erupted about 500,000 years ago resulted in the formation of hexagonal columns at Sheepeater Cliff, in Yellowstone National Park.

Columnar-jointed lava flow in the wall of the Yellowstone River canyon
December 31, 2003

Columnar-jointed lava flow in the wall of the Yellowstone River canyon

A 1.5-million-year-old basaltic lava flow in the canyon wall of the Yellowstone River as viewed from Calcite Springs Overlook near Tower Junction in Yellowstone National Park.  Slow cooling of this lava flow resulted in the formation of vertical columns.  Glacial gravels are present above and below the lava flow.

map of western U.S.showing sagebrush-dominated ecoregions
March 15, 2003

Sagebrush-dominated ecoregions

Sagebrush-dominated ecoregions in the western United States (sagebrush cover types shown in various shades of yellow, pink, and blue-grey).

Boreal toad (Bufo boreas) mating ball, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming.
December 31, 2001

Boreal toad (Bufo boreas) mating ball

Boreal toad (Bufo boreas) mating ball, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming.

Queen's Laundry bathhouse, in the Lower Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park
August 31, 1995

Queen's Laundry bathhouse, in Yellowstone's Lower Geyser Basin

Queen's Laundry bathhouse, in the Lower Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park.  Building began under superintendent Philetus Norris in 1881 but was never finished.

Pocket Basin orthophoto
December 31, 1965

Pocket Basin orthophoto

This orthophoto of Pocket Basin, a hydrothermal explosion crater in Yellowstone National Park's Lower Geyser Basin, was created from aerial photos taken in 1965 that were corrected to have uniform scale for use in geologic mapping.