In your search for Yellowstone hotels, find out more about the geology of the area:
Yellowstone National Park is one of the most geologically dynamic areas on earth. This means that it is always changing, and lots of different geological processes are going on all the time. While this landscape appears to us to change very little, the land is in fact very dynamic and always shifting.
There are many different geological processes that have in the past and are even now creating the Yellowstone landscape. This area has some of the most active volcanic, hydrothermal, and earthquake systems on earth. Yellowstone is so famous because there are more than 10,000 hydrothermal features in the area, which includes more than 300 geysers. This is the largest concentration of active geysers in the world, about half of the world’s total geysers are found here.
The first major eruption of the Yellowstone volcano happened 2 million years ago, and it is one of the largest volcanic eruptions that we know of on earth. That eruption covered over 5,790 square miles with ash. The most recent eruption was 640,000 years ago, after which the ground sank into a caldera (a large basin-like depression resulting from the collapse of a volcano’s center) which measured 75 km by 55 km.
Scientists tell us that a major eruption is highly unlikely in the foreseeable future. They are continuously monitoring seismic activity and changes in both the surface ground and underground conditions, to ensure that they can predict future activity. Calderas experience episodes of both uplift and sinking for thousands of years without erupting.
Luton’s Teton Cabins are located in one of the most fascinating regions of the world. We invite you to come see the wonders of Yellowstone for yourself.