Heart of the Caldera - Yellowstone National Park
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 46.062 W 110° 27.311
12T E 543113 N 4957289
A geologic history sign along Grand Loop Road about 3 miles north of Canyon Junction in Yellowstone National Park.
Waymark Code: WMDC8K
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 12/23/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 9

“The eastern ridgeline is the rim of a huge crater. Here a volcanic eruption blew cubic miles of glassy material into the atmosphere -- remnants carried as far as Texas and California -- then the crust collapsed, forming a caldera or basin. Though a catastrophe 600,000 years ago seems unimaginably remote, subsurface activity has been ongoing. Bare patches in the forest reveal Washburn Hot Springs, where superheated water boils up along caldera fracture lines.
The volcano’s energy source lies beneath your feet, centered only 10 miles to the southeast. From the summit of Purple Mountain or Mount Washburn you can see not only the extent of the caldera but also mysterious bulges in the relatively level plateau. The same twin magma chambers that fired the eruption are now upwarping or doming, forecasting future volcanism.”
Marker Name: Heart of the Caldera

Marker Type: Rural Roadside

Group Responsible for Placement: National Park Service

Web link(s) for additional information: [Web Link]

Addtional Information: Not listed

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

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