An overview of Yellowstone hazards, monitoring, and recent activity

February 16th (Tuesday), 6 p.m., via Zoom (online) – Open to Public. Presentation: “An overview of Yellowstone hazards, monitoring, and recent activity”; Presented by Michael Poland, Chief Scientist, Yellowstone, and USGS.

Yellowstone is well known for its geysers, hot springs, and mud pots, which are fueled by heat from an immense magma chamber several miles below the surface.  Less well known is the extensive scientific collaboration that ensures the area’s geologic hazards are well monitored.  This collaboration—the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory—involves 9 different institutions that span government agencies, universities, and non-profit research organizations.  In this presentation, Mike Poland, the Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, will introduce the organization and the hazards of the region.  He will also discuss recent activity and research results, such as the reawakening of Steamboat Geyser, the discovery of a new thermal area near Tern Lake, and ground deformation and earthquakes.