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Specific Conductance Data for Selected Rivers and Creeks in Yellowstone National Park, beginning in 2010


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McCleskey, R.B., and Stevens, E.B., 2019, Specific conductance cata for selected rivers and creeks in Yellowstone National Park, beginning in 2010: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Monitoring the chloride (Cl) flux in the major rivers draining Yellowstone National Park (YNP) provides a holistic view of the thermal output from the underlying magma chamber, and abrupt fluctuations in the Cl flux may signify changes in thermal activity. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Park Service (NPS) have collaborated on Cl flux monitoring of the major rivers since the 1970s. In the past, researchers collected water samples from the major rivers in YNP, but funding restrictions, winter conditions, and the great distances between sites limited the number of samples collected annually. Beginning in 2010, specific conductance, which is relatively easy to measure and can be automated, has been used as a proxy for [...]

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R. Blaine McCleskey
Originator :
R. Blaine McCleskey, Ethan B Stevens
Metadata Contact :
R. Blaine McCleskey
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
USGS Mission Area :
Water Resources
SDC Data Owner :
National Research Program

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To provide specific conductance and water chemistry data from the following chloride-flux monitoring sites: Yellowstone River near Corwin Springs, Gardner River near Mammoth, Firehole River near West Yellowstone, Firehole River at Old Faithful, Fall River near Squirrel, Idaho, Gibbon River at Madison Junction, Madison River near West Yellowstone, Snake River near Flagg Ranch, and Tantalus Creek at Norris Junction.

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DOI doi:10.5066/F7BP011G

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