Earthquakes and Geysers

More about Yellowstone’s natural history


Bryan, T. Scott.  The Geysers of Yellowstone, fourth edition.  2009, University Press of Colorado.  Includes the known eruption history of practically every geyser in Yellowstone National Park.

Chapple, Janet.  Yellowstone Treasures:  The Traveler’s Companion to the National Park, fourth edition.  2013, Granite Peak Publications.  The definitive travel guide to Yellowstone, including its roadside history.  It’s modeled after the classic Haynes Guides to the park, which were published annually for over 75 years.

Christopherson, Edmund.  The Night the Mountain Fell:  The Story of the Montana-Yellowstone Earthquake.  1960, self-published.  Copies available used or through interlibrary loan.  The story of the real earthquake in Repeating History and Finding Home.

Craighead, Frank C. Jr.  For Everything There Is a Season:  The
Sequence of Natural Events in the Grand Teton-Yellowstone Area
Exactly what it says it is.  If you want to know when something
migrates, or mates, or blooms, or what the weather is likely to be like at a given time of year, this is your book.

Smith, Robert B. and Lee J. Siegel, Windows into the Earth:
The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National
.  2000, Oxford University Press.  Among much other
useful information, discusses the 1959 Hebgen Lake
earthquake in some detail.

Links is a .pdf of a 1921 book about the geysers. is the Geyser Observation and Study Association.  Much good information about geysers, plus an email list and a quarterly magazine that includes articles about the park’s history as well as its thermal features. is Geysertimes, a website where records of current eruptions and eruption history are kept.  It’s crowd-sourced, which in this case is a decided advantage, because geyser enthusiasts are sticklers for correctness, by and large, and crowd-sourcing gives much more data to work with. is the University of Utah’s Seismographic stations’ page on the Hebgen Lake Earthquake, including lots of photos and some fascinating articles from local newspapers just after it occurred. is the University of Utah’s Seismographic stations’ page on the 1983 Borah Peak Earthquake, of significance to Finding Home, with photos and newspaper articles.