2004 Denver Annual Meeting (November 7–10, 2004)

Paper No. 2
Presentation Time: 1:45 PM


JAWOROWSKI, Cheryl, Yellowstone Center for Resources, Yellowstone National Park, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 and HEASLER, Henry P., Yellowstone Center for Resources, YellowstoneNational Park, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, cheryl_jaworowski@nps.gov

Yellowstone’s unique geologic history, geologic resources, and large concentration of active thermal features attract visitors and scientists alike. While many visitors are content to cheer Old Faithful as it erupts, scientists conduct research on earthquakes, hydrothermal explosions, microbes in thermal waters, date lava flows, map landslides, study active faults, map ground deformation, teach courses, investigate geologic hazards, or test a new airborne sensor for mapping Yellowstone’s geology and geography.

Scientists may conduct research as individuals or form a collaborative research effort with park service personnel. As a member of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO), scientists in Yellowstone work collaboratively with members of the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Utah to monitor earthquake and volcanic hazards. All scientists must submit research proposals to Yellowstone National Park. The research proposal is reviewed by a diverse National Park Service team to asses its impact on Yellowstone’s resources and Park operations. Minimum impact scientific techniques are required.

Yellowstone’s Geology Program is small but growing. Many opportunities exist to contribute to this program. Students, volunteers, researchers, and Park staff provide important scientific data and observations about Yellowstone’s active geologic processes. Yellowstone’s Geology Program utilizes individuals with diverse geologic knowledge and experience applied to a unique geologic environment.