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Protecting Yellowstone's Old Faithful, Geyser Basin Topic of AMK Ranch Series

July 19, 2010

A proposal for a new national policy to protect Yellowstone National Park's geyser basin, including Old Faithful, is the topic for the summer seminar series Thursday, July 22, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Ken Barrick, a University of Alaska professor, will discuss "Towards a New National Policy for Protecting Old Faithful Geyser and the Hydrothermal Features of Yellowstone National Park," at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue will be held at 5:30 p.m. with a $5 per person fee; reservations are not required. For more information, call the UW-NPS Center at (307) 543-2463.

Barrick will discuss a proposal for a new national policy that is designed to protect Yellowstone National Park's remarkable attractions such as Old Faithful geyser.

"Geyser basins can be quickly driven to extinction by nearby geothermal energy development or other activities that withdrawal water or heat from the hydrothermal reservoir," Barrick says. "Sustaining Yellowstone's geysers, and 19,000 hydrothermal features, will require protecting the entire hydrothermal reservoir area that supports them."

The UW-NPS Research Center provides a base for university faculty members and governmental scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Area.

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