[Geysers] Mapping Help

David Schwarz david.schwarz at alumni.duke.edu
Sun Nov 10 18:45:22 PST 2013

I can answer that one, at least based on the first year the project was
taking coordinates for the Firehole Geyser Basins.  The SCA techs that
year, especially early on, were much shyer about getting close to the
features than they needed to be, and no policy had been laid out by project
management on where to take coordinates for large or genuinely
unapproachable features.

As a result, many of the coordinates that year were only taken within
roughly the same long-distance dialing area as the feature being mapped.
Obviously, it doesn't matter how accurately the equipment pinpoints your
location if you're not particularly close to what you're trying to map.

It also wouldn't surprise me if some mislabeling or shuffling happened,
especially in dense areas like Geyser Creek or Geyser Hill.

David Schwarz
On Nov 10, 2013 8:31 PM, "Udo Freund" <udofreund317 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Forgot to mention that Yellowstone has had some earthquakes that might
> cause things to actually move around over the course of several years since
> GIS surveys were done.
> Thanks,
> Udo Freund
> On Nov 9, 2013 5:21 PM, "Will Boekel" <wolveslax65 at comcast.net> wrote:
>>   Scott,
>> Thanks for the advice about using the RCN data. I have been using that
>> resource and it has been very helpful most of the time. However many of the
>> coordinates in their database are a bit off and most of the pictures are of
>> the geyser’s vent and not a location photo. In an area that has a few
>> geysers all within a few feet of each other it is sometimes hard to figure
>> out where the slightly off RCN marker belongs (I have had cases where the
>> marker was pretty much equidistant from 3 holes and I had no idea which one
>> it belonged to).
>> Thank you for the help,
>> Will Boekel
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