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Online Geothermal Inventory to Yellowstone National Park


Black Opal Pool, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park. NPS Photo.

I have yet to find anyone not fascinated, if not mesmerized, by the geothermal features to be found in Yellowstone National Park. And now there's a great online resource to help "geyser gazers" track the park's geothermal resources without leaving the comforts of home.

The Research Coordination Network put together by Montana State University and Yellowstone explores the geothermal biology and geochemistry of the park's hot springs, geysers, fumaroles, mudpots, and other geothermal resources.

One of the newest aspects of this site is an inventory of the park's geothermal features. Head to this page and you'll be able to drill down into each of Yellowstone's geothermal basins to get details on individual features.

For instance, feature CCBCTANN001 is located in the park's Cascade Corner at a latitude of 44.2767778 and a longitude of -111.0293539. The page also contains a little description of the feature, as well as data on its pH and vent temperature. There's even a topo map that shows CCBCTANN001's approximate location.

If you're into Yellowstone's geothermal wonders, this is a fun, informative site.


I've never been to Yellowstone National Park; only imagined how it looked by the descriptions of others. Today, I was fascinated. For the first time, I saw the springs, lakes, geysers - all the geothermal features of this amazing land. Through the Research Coordination Network site, I saw these wondrous and beautiful features. Yellowstone and Montana State University have brought the Park to the people that will never get the chance to visit in person. What an adventure!

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