New research has unveiled the mystery of the Yellowstone, revealing a new view of the surface of the earth there. The staff from Yellowstone National Park will analyze the ground, taking a closer look. They started conducting a study on November 7, using a helicopter electromagnetic and magnetic (HEM) research.
Experts from the US Geological Survey, Aarhus University in Denmark and the University of Wyoming have teamed up to develop an understanding of the structures of hot saline water, fresh cold water, clay, unaltered rock and steam which coexist in the Yellowstone hydrothermal systems. They will continue their analysis for the next two to four weeks.
Even if scientists have a lot of information concerning the surface of the soils and the iconic hydrothermal systems, the subsurface water is the one which hides the mystery of the Yellowstone National Park. SkyTEM is bound to conduct the HEM survey to develop a better understanding of the wonders which hide in the subsurface.
They intend to track the signs which indicate the presence of hot springs, geysers, steam vents, mud pots and hydrothermal explosion craters situated at a depth of approximately a thousand feet. A helicopter will be prone to fly at about two hundred feet about the earth’s surface, the purpose of its analysis being the northern part of Yellowstone Lake, the Upper, and Lower Geyser Basins and the Mammoth-Norris corridor.
The helicopter will fly according to the pre-planned grids which were provided before the research had started. The helicopter will sustain the weight of an electromagnetic device which has the form of a hula hoop. This system was designed to detect and record the slightest voltages which can be associated with the power of electrical conductivity of the ground.
The new data obtained through this examination will complete the puzzle together with the already existing information provided by geological, geochemical and geophysical data. There will no longer be questions or doubts regarding the deeper magmatic system and the surface’s hydrothermal system.
The study managed to prove that the hot water which surfaces in the form of geysers originates as previous precipitations in the form of rain or snow which percolated into the crust. This accumulation of water was heated and then it spurted back to the surface. A process like this can take hundreds of years to happen.
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