Extremities: Geology and Life in Yellowstone and Implications for Other Worlds




Text and image annotations are copyright Allan Treiman 2002 (LPI) except as othewise noted, all rights reserved. Images from the Space Shuttle and Skylab are public domain, courtesy of NASA Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center.'
  • Skylab image, Yellowstone Caldera 1, upper left. SL3-121-2357.
  • Base for annotated Yellowstone Caldera images. STS079-811-019.
  • MODIS image below, c/o Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team @ NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. ev9641.
  • LANDSAT image available gratis from, and downloaded from, the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program.


Road Logs and Guidebooks
  • Smith R.B. and Siegel L.J. (2000) Windows into the Earth: The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton Nationa Parks. Oxford Univ. Press, 240 p.
  • Christiansen R.L. and Hutchinson R.A. (1987) Ryholite-basalt volcanism of the Yellowstone Plateau and hydrothermal activitiy of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Geol. Soc. Amer. Centennial Field Guide -- Rocky Mountain Sect., 165-172 p.
  • Fritz W.J.(1987) Roadside Geology of the Yellowstone Country. Mountain Press Publishing. 160 p.
  • Spearing D.R. and Lageson D.R. (1986) Roadside Geology of Wyoming, 2nd ed.. Mountain Press Publishing. 288 p.
  • Taylor R.L. et al. (1989) Geological Map of Yellowstone National Park. Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State Univ. Bozeman, MT. (available in Japanese)
Technical Articles

Additional Images


MODIS. Broad geographic context for Yellowstone National Park, as a MODIS (Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) true-color image. Red spots are active fires. August 26, 2001.
MODIS. Close-up of the MODIS image, centered on the Yellowstone Caldera.

Base Image Full frame of the Space shuttle image used as the base for annotating the geology to the Yellowstone Caldera. STS079-811-019.
LANDSAT False Color. This is a July 19, 1999 image of Yellowstone park taken with the TM camera of the LANDSAT 7 satellite . Lodgepole pine forests appear dark - younger is paler and greener. Pink and red are meadows and rangeland, and white are clouds or snow. [Red in the image represents brightness in near-infrared light (0.75 to 0.9 micrometers), green in the image represents brightness in red light (0.63-0.69 micrometers, and blue in the image represents brightness in green-yellow light (0.525-0.60 micrometers)].