Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Science & Technology: Seismometer Helps Explain How Old Faithful Geyser Erupts

Seismic listening system offers new look at Old Faithful geyser (News Release)

Jamey Farrell of the University of Utah at Yellowstone
After deploying hundreds of seismometers around the Old Faithful Geyser in 2015 and 2016, scientists have a clearer picture of how the geyser erupts and what may lie beneath the popular tourist attraction in Yellowstone National Park.

At the 2017 Seismological Society of America's (SSA) Annual Meeting, Jamey Farrell of the University of Utah will describe how this seismic ear to the ground is helping the national park plan for its future infrastructure needs around the geyser. The data also offer a unique glimpse at the active hydrothermal system below the geyser, and how its activity could be used to monitor the eruption of less predictable geysers.

The GRC are hosting a 4 night trip to Yellowstone National Park from the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+, being held in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 1-4.