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February 2010

In This Issue

Yellowstone has been inhabited in one form or another for millions of years.  From the microbes that thrive in its scalding hot springs, to the bison that roamed its valleys in prehistoric times… from the nomadic people who camped on its lakeshore 9,000 years ago, to early national park visitors… one could spend a lifetime learning about Yellowstone’s rich natural and cultural histories.  In this issue, you’ll read about a recent swarm of earthquakes that remind us of Yellowstone’s volcanic past, an effort to fill the gaps in the Park’s human history, and the current increase in visitation to our favorite park. 

Monitoring Earthquakes in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Hotspot

During the last several weeks, a series of small earthquakes -- what seismologists call a “swarm” -- rumbled in Yellowstone. From January 17 to February 8 around 1,800 earthquakes, with a maximum magnitude of 3.8, were recorded in the Park.  It is not unusual for Yellowstone to experience one or more earthquakes on a daily basis, but swarms sometimes involve more than 100 small earthquakes in a single day! So who monitors earthquakes in Yellowstone, and what do they have to say about this most recent swarm? 

Share Your Yellowstone Holiday Memories

Cross-country skiers in YNP

The Yellowstone National Park Oral History Collection contains recordings from early Park rangers, former U.S. Presidents, and just ordinary people who have visited Yellowstone or grown up in the area.  They are a treasure trove of information and insight on the Park’s colorful history. However, there is very little in the collection about the winter holiday season.  

Yellowstone's Record-Breaking Year

Visitors at Mammoth Terraces

Yellowstone National Park hosted a record number of visitors in 2009. Nearly 3.3 million people visited the world’s first national park last year, up 7.5% from 2008 and up 4.6% from the previous record of 3.15 million visitors set in 2007.  Why the increased numbers?  Al Nash, Yellowstone National Park’s Chief of Public Affairs, has some theories…

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