Anatomy of Old Faithful from subsurface seismic imaging of the Yellowstone Upper Geyser Basin

Sin-Mei Wu, Kevin M. Ward, Jamie Farrell, Fan-Chi Lin, Marianne Karplus, Robert B. Smith

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The Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park contains one of the highest concentrations of hydrothermal features on Earth including the iconic Old Faithful geyser. Although this system has been the focus of many geological, geochemical, and geophysical studies for decades, the shallow (
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10,240-10,247
Number of pages1
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 21 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): OCRF-2014-CRG3-2300
Acknowledgements: We would like to thank Jacob Lowenstern and Shaul Hurwitz for the thorough reviews, the valuable comments and suggestions have greatly benefited this manuscript. This research is supported by NSF grant CyberSEES-1442665 and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) under award OCRF-2014-CRG3-2300. We especially thank the National Park Service, Yellowstone National Park, for permission to conduct this field experiment, YNP permit # YELL-2015-SCI-0114, and for providing collaborative support and field personnel. We also thank FairfieldNodal for sending two engineers to assist us with the deployment. Fieldwork for this project was partially supported by the Brinson Foundation and the Carrico Fund. The noise cross-correlations used in this study can be downloaded from
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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