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Yellowstone Volcano Observatory

In 2001, the U.S. Geological Survey, Yellowstone National Park, and the University of Utah entered into an agreement that effectively established the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. Some of the objectives of the Observatory are "to provide seismic, geodetic, and hydrologic monitoring that enables reliable and timely warnings of possible renewed volcanism and related hazards" and "to improve scientific understanding of tectonic and magmatic processes that influence ongoing seismicity and hydrothermal activity." The Web site itself is divided into several major sections that covering collectively all current volcanic and seismic activity in the region, volcanic history in the area, and frequently asked questions. The section dedicated to volcanic monitoring includes real-time and non real-time data on current conditions, along with a monthly summary. The volcanic history section offers a long-form essay (including representative photos) that provides a general overview of the region's turbulent volcanic and seismic history. Finally, the helpful FAQ section covers such topics as the frequency of volcanic eruptions at Yellowstone and the relationship between volcanism and the geysers and hot springs in Yellowstone. [KMG]
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