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Cody Culture Club: Recording the Yellowstone Hotspot Track
April 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm MDT
Recording the Yellowstone Hotspot Track
With George Miller and Cole Messa
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
April 14, 2022
Join us select Thursdays January through April for Cody Culture Club. Appetizers and cash bar at every program. If you love Cody, you’re part of the Club!
The ever-changing geology of Yellowstone is fueled by the Yellowstone Hotspot. The hotspot eruptive centers date back at least 17 million years and there is evidence for much older intrusions. Come hear a presentation by Center Outreach Educator George Miller and Geology / Geophysics doctoral student Cole Messa. Learn about the morphology of the hotspot and very recent steam explosions in Yellowstone National Park.
Due to varying venue capacities, ticket packages are not available this year. Please consider purchasing tickets in advance by clicking here. Each event is $20 per person.
Cole Messa is a PhD student in the University of Wyoming’s Department of Geology & Geophysics. He completed his B.S. in Geosciences at Penn State University in 2018, where his undergraduate thesis focused on the formation of chert nodules in the Ordovician Axemann Formation of Central Pennsylvania. For his dissertation research, Cole focuses on understanding the origins and evolution of basalt, a volcanic rock which plays a fundamental role in Earth history, covering nearly 60 percent of the Earth’s surface. In Yellowstone, he studies basalts that have been erupted over the past one million years, hoping to learn what they melted from, what other rocks they interact with on their way to the surface, how frequently they erupt and how they power Yellowstone’s magma chamber. Cole has conducted extensive research on Yellowstone’s hydrothermal system, investigating topics such as the timescales of fluid circulation and how chemically, and visually, different hot springs come to form.
Cole is an avid skier, mountain biker, and fly fisherman who spends much of his time exploring the Medicine Bow National Forest.
George Miller is the Outreach Educator and Education Web Content Creator at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. He is interested in virtual museums and expanding the Center’s presence through on-line activities and games. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Anthropology, and a Master’s degree from Oregon State University in Adult Education. He has worked in Community Colleges and Universities, and for private on-line education and training companies.
George’s outside interests include yoga, skiing, whitewater rafting, and hiking. He also films and edits educational video for the Center of the West.
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