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Field Trip

A one-day field trip to Yellowstone National Park is planned for Sunday, September 8 to explore the biologic potential of hydrothermal systems in volcanic settings and to spark discussion of a similar potential in impact-generated hydrothermal systems that may have existed during the dawn of life nearly 4 billion years ago.

An additional cost of $55 is required to participate in the optional field trip to Yellowstone National Park. To take part, be sure to indicate this selection on your registration form. Field trip attendance is limited to 45. Participants will be required to sign a Field Trip Waiver of Liability.

The field trip bus will depart Buck’s T-4 at 7:30 a.m. for the park entrance through West Yellowstone. The return drive to Buck’s T-4 is approximately two hours, with an estimated arrival of 7:00 p.m.

All stops are at tourist localities and accessible along boardwalks. Comfortable casual clothes for outdoor walking are recommended. The elevation is high, so protection from the sun is recommended. Weather conditions in Yellowstone National Park can change abruptly, so having layers that allow for both warm and cold conditions will be prudent. Typical daytime temperatures in September may begin at freezing (32°F) and rise to the mid-60s — conditions can be hotter or colder, and snow is always possible.

Because this is a National Park, no sampling of flora, fauna, water, rock, or any other natural component of the Park is permitted. Nor are measurements (e.g., temperature and pH) allowed by field trip participants.

A box lunch with bottled water will be provided. It is recommended that participants bring additional snacks because total drive time on the field trip will be at least seven hours with a late return to Buck’s T-4. The last seating for dinner at Buck’s T-4 is 9:00 p.m.

Field Trip Leads

David Kring
USRA/Lunar and Planetary Institute
Kennda Lynch
USRA/Lunar and Planetary Institute
David Des Marais
NASA Ames Research Center
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