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Unformatted text preview: 1 Yellowstone! A National Park on a Hot Spot Judy McIlrath Department of Geology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620 © 2010 University of South Florida Libraries. All rights reserved. Core Quantitative Literacy Topics Probability (Recurrence interval) Supporting Quantitative Literacy Topics Unit conversion Percent Core Geoscience Subject Volcanism Assignment 4 – Due Monday November 7 th The module you are viewing is a PowerPoint slide presentation. • Navigate from slide to slide using the up/down arrow keys, or the scroll wheel on the mouse if one is available • Use the mouse to select hyperlinks (underlined, in blue type) •When done, use the escape key to exit the presentation. You can and probably should have a spreadsheet open in a separate window, so you can try out things that are explained in the presentation. PowerPoint applications use lots of memory, so you may want to exit other programs while running this presentation, especially if it starts to act slowly or sluggishly. If you don’t immediately see the slideshow when switching back and forth between windows, use the up/down arrow keys (or scroll wheel on mouse) to ‘wake it up’. Close this window to proceed with the slide show. 2 Getting started And you should also know where Yellowstone National Park is. After completing this module, you should be able to: • Define recurrence interval . • Define probability . • List evidence that Yellowstone is volcanically active. • Calculate unit conversions. Wyoming 3 Yellowstone National Park , WY, located within one of the world’s largest volcanic systems, preserves geologic wonders such as geysers and hot springs sustained by the underlying igneous energy. Yellowstone also supports abundant and diverse wildlife in one of the largest remaining intact wild ecosystems on Earth. Over 3 million visitors visit the park annually, many unaware that they are driving through the caldera of a volcano that has produced several giant, catastrophic eruptions along with many smaller eruptions in the geologically recent past. As the world’s first National Park, established in 1872, the Yellowstone model has inspired other countries to establish more than a hundred national parks around the world. The park holds the designation of a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by the United Nations. The setting – Yellowstone National Park 4 Visible evidence of volcanic activity Hydrothermal activity at Yellowstone produces more than 10,000 hydrothermal features (geysers, hot springs, pools, mud pots, and fumaroles), approximately half of the world’s total. With over 300, the park contains the world’s largest concentration of geysers as well as the world’s tallest, Steamboat Geyser with eruptions over 300 feet. Yellowstone is also one of the few places in the world with active travertine terraces. The heat source for the features is a magma chamber a few miles below the surface, and beneath that, a continental hot spot....
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