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    Over 90 Earthquakes in 24 Hours Reported Near Yellowstone Lake

    Over 90 Earthquakes in 24 Hours Reported Near Yellowstone Lake

    Seismic activity near Yellowstone Lake has seen a big increase over the past 24 hours. USGS photo YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — The southwest side of Yellowstone Lake, the largest body of water in Yellowstone National Park, is experiencing quite an uptick in seismic activity today, Thursday, September 10. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Yellowstone experiences about 1,500…

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    Map of Yellowstone National Park showing locations of thermal basins that host hot springs, geysers, and mudpots.  Dark green areas host alkaline-chloride fluids.  Yellowstone Caldera margin shown as bold dashed line.

    Examining The Chemistry Of Yellowstone National Park’s Thermal Waters

    Map of Yellowstone National Park showing locations of thermal basins that host hot springs, geysers, and mudpots. Dark green areas host alkaline-chloride fluids. Yellowstone Caldera margin shown as bold dashed line. Editor’s note: Yellowstone Caldera Chronicles is a weekly column written by scientists and collaborators of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. This week’s contribution is from Pat Shanks, research geologist emeritus with…

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  • Caldera chronicles: Tree rings record spikes in magmatic CO2 emissions at Yellowstone | Montana Untamed

    Cross section through the trunk of a lodgepole pine tree from Cooking Hillside near Mud Volcano, Yellowstone National Park. The earliest date for this tree is 1916 and it died in 1990. Spongy white-gray areas are foam insulation that was injected into the sample to reinforce the structure of the wood. John C. King, Lone Pine Research The CO2 discharging…

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  • Geologists find evidence of two new supervolcano eruptions at Yellowstone

    Some 8.7 million years ago, much of what is now Idaho was torched by clouds of hot volcanic ash, destroying all vegetation and animals in sight. The supervolcano, Yellowstone, was erupting. This was Yellowstone’s largest eruption on record. Super-eruptions can decimate entire regions, and their cocktail of ash and gases can alter the climate. But, even though they eject huge amounts of…

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    Gases from Yellowstone Suggest a Chondritic Source of Earth’s Volatiles During Early Accretion

    Hot spring releasing volcanic gases at Yellowstone National Park. Image credit: Yellowstone.org Earth is a volatile-rich planet. Volatile elements have played an important role in the geological evolution of Earth and were also responsible for creating habitable environments, where life could evolve and be sustained. Earth accreted within the protoplanetary disk inside the snowline, where the surrounding environment was too…

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    Check Out This Crazy Interactive Map of Yellowstone National Park

    If you have even a vague interest in what makes Yellowstone tick, you have to check out a brand new interactive map that lets you view the many geological systems of the park. Thanks to ZME Science for the find on this one. It’s a new map of the Yellowstone ecosystem created by the Wyoming State Geological Survey and it really…

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    There’s a new interactive map on Yellowstone geology — and it’s pretty neat

    If you’re into geology as much as I am (and I know that’s a long shot), the odds are you probably love Yellowstone. This mammoth volcanic system has created one of the most spectacular environments on Earth. But, until now, if you wanted to access interactive geological information about Yellowstone you’d have to do a bit of digging, as different…

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    Bison graze in Yellowstone National Park.

    Yellowstone Supervolcano Looks To Be In ‘Significant Decline’

    Bison graze in Yellowstone National Park. ©Alexander – stock.adobe.com In the past Yellowstone’s Supervolcano has had enormous eruptions, more than 1,000 times more powerful than the 1980 eruption at Mount St. Helens. Past eruptions were capable of burying Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Colorado in three feet of volcanic ash and spread a thin layer of ash across the entire Midwest.…

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    Orbital view of mountainous territory with seven roundish colored areas in a line across it.

    Study reveals biggest Yellowstone supervolcano eruption | Earth

    Explosions from volcanic super-eruptions have been some of the most extreme events in Earth’s history, ejecting enormous volumes of material – at least 1,000 times more than the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens – with the potential to alter the planet’s climate. Now, in a study published June 1, 2020 in the peer-reviewed journal Geology, researchers have announced the…

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    Fountain Paint Pot

    What the New Discovery of Ancient Super-Eruptions Indicates for the Yellowstone Hotspot

    Fountain Paint Pot. Credit: National Park Service. Throughout Earth’s long history, volcanic super-eruptions have been some of the most extreme events ever to affect our planet’s rugged surface. Surprisingly, even though these explosions eject enormous volumes of material— at least 1,000 times more than the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens — and have the potential to alter the planet’s…

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