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What Lies Beneath: Mysterious Vents of Yellowstone Lake


There's something going on beneath Yellowstone Lake.

PAST EXHIBITION: What Lies Beneath: Exploring Yellowstone Lake’s Mysterious Vents documented the scientific expedition known as the Hydrothermal Dynamics of Yellowstone Lake (or HD-YLAKE) project through photos by Chris Linder of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The HD-YLAKE project sought to understand how earthquakes, volcanic processes, and climate affect the hydrothermal system located beneath Yellowstone Lake. Linder’s photographs explore the present-day landscape as well as the day-to-day operations of the expedition, including that of Yogi, a remotely operated vehicle used to gather samples and readings in and around vents on the lake floor.

This special exhibit was on display in the John Bunker Sands Photography Gallery from October 2, 2021, to May 2, 2022.

About Chris Linder

Chris Linder is an Expedition Multimedia Specialist with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Linder is a visual storyteller who specializes in photographing scientific fieldwork, wildlife, and landscapes. A former naval officer and oceanographic researcher, he has documented more than 50 scientific expeditions from the tropics to the polar regions. His goals as an artist are to educate and inspire the public about science and communicate the urgent need to protect our planet’s remaining wild places. His work has been recognized with awards from international photography competitions and published in magazines, books, and exhibits worldwide.

Funding for What Lies Beneath was provided by the National Science Foundation.

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