Learn More about Yellowstone's
Rare eruption of Steamboat Geyser
in Norris Geyser Basin.
Yellowstone, our first national park, is a living, breathing system of active geological processes. It boasts an active volcano, some of the largest earthquakes in the Rocky Mountains, and the only active hot spot on the continent. Yellowstone's living geology is the heart of the park, which draws nearly 3 million visitors a year.
In this section we present data, maps, theories, etc. explaining how Yellowstone works. This means how heat is transferred from a deep plume of molten rock rising upward from the earth’s mantle into the crust where additional magma is generated and erupts at the earth’s surface to form the Yellowstone volcano. Moreover, magma and heat interact with the forces of plate tectonics of the western U.S. to form Yellowstone’s spectacular mountain scenery and the world’s largest distribution of geysers, hotsprings and fumaroles.
Links to the following topics:
Yellowstone Geologic Information
- University of Utah Seismograph Stations (UUSS)
- University of Utah Seismic and Active Tectonics Research Group
- Earthquake Information from the Yellowstone Seismic Network
- Teton-Yellowstone real-time, online seismic recordings
- Ground Deformation for Yellowstone from GPS
- Yellowstone Hotspot
- Earthquake Studies of Yellowstone
- Yellowstone's Living Breathing Caldera
- Yellowstone Hotspot Geodynamics project (NSF)
- EarthScope Project
- U of U GPS data for Yellowstone-Teton Network
- Robert B. Smith's Homepage
- Windows Into the Earth, The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Robert B. Smith and Lee Siegel, Oxford University Press, 2000.
- The Quaternary and Pliocene Yellowstone Volcanic Field of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, Robert L. Christiansen, U.S.G.S Professional Paper 729-G, 2001.
Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks
- Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO)
- Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)
- Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO)
- Idaho Department of Water Resources
- Montana Natural Resource Information System
- Wyoming Spatial Data Clearinghouse
- Wyoming Geographical Information Science Center
- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
- National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC)
- Public Earthquake Felt Reports and Where you can Report a Felt Earthquake
- EarthScope Seismic and GPS measurements of the entire Western U.S.
Yellowstone Geology Highlighted in National Websites
- Discovery Science Channel - Yellowstone Plume
- Discovery Science Channel - What's Under Yellowstone
- Discovery Science Channel - Yellowstone Supervolcano
- American Museum of Natural History