Yellowstone Hotspot

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Yellowstone Hotspot

-General Henry Washburn discovered Old Faithful in 1870.-Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 and was the first national park in America-US Grant designated the parks national status- Because of the attention Old Faithful brings Approximately 2.5 million people vist Yellowstone National Park each year.-The park contains the largest active geyser in the world, the Steamboat Geyser in the Norris Geyser Basin- "At least 1283 geysers have erupted in Yellowstone. Of these, an average of 465 are active in a given year."- "Yellowstone contains at least 10,000 geothermal features altogether." -"Half the geothermal features and two-thirds of the world's geysers are concentrated in Yellowstone"

The Yellowstone National Park is home to the Yellowstone Hotspot. Inside this area you will find geysers and hot springs, waterfalls and rivers. You may also find mountains, volcanoes, and cave systems. But the largest attraction is Old Faithful, "a cone shaped geyser named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition. It was the first geyser in the park to receive a name. The hot water characteristic is one of the most predictable geographical features on Earth, erupting every 35 to 120 minutes."

How is the Yellowstone Hotspot significant to humans' future?

"About 640 thousand years ago the Yellowstone Hotspot sent a column of hot magma toward the surface forming a huge magma chamber. As the magma chamber filled it pushed upward on the earths crust forming a large dome. As pressure built on the surface, cracks formed around the edge of the dome and a huge eruption expelled a tremendous amount of magma emptying a large portion of the magma chamber. With the removal of hundreds of cubic miles of molten rock, the roof of the dome collapsed in what was one of the most violent explosions the earth has ever known. Lava continued to flow into the caldera for the next 500 thousand years filling much of crater. It is this still active volcanic area that provides the heat source for Yellowstone’s thermal features."

Yellowstone Hotspot

By: Preston Harp

What geological features define The Yellowstone Hotspot?

"Travertine forming at a hotspring, Yellowstone hotspot, Fall 2005."

Sources' contains at least 10,000 geothermal features altogether. Half the geothermal features and two-thirds of the world's geysers are concentrated in Yellowstone

Positives"The gases produced by volcanic eruptions created the atmosphere in the early stages of the Earth's formation, which allows it to retain water and sustain life." Hotspots can also form land (which humans can obviously live off of).Negatives Yellowstone is considered to be a super volcano, which has the ability to destroy large areas of life.

Important events in the time line of the geological and human stories of the Yellowstone Hotspot

Earth processes that formed the Yellowstone Hotspot

The Yellowstone Hotspot

Boiling Mud in the Yellowstone Hotspot

A cave named Dragon's breath located near the Yellowstone Hotspot in Yellowstone National Park

Hot Spring in the Yellowstone Hotspot


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