Cole Messa

Cole Messa

Cole Messa is getting his Ph.D. through the Geology and Geophysics Department at the University of Wyoming. His research interests include isotope geochemistry and volcanology.

The “Earthquake camp” of the Hayden expedition in 1871, located on the north shore of Yellowstone Lake near Steamboat Point. (Photo by William H. Jackson/Yellowstone National Park)

The complicated history of Ferdinand Hayden and the founding of Yellowstone National Park

By: and - November 1, 2023

The area now known as Yellowstone National Park — or the “land of the burning ground” — has been known to Indigenous people for at least 11,000 years. In fact, in 1805 the governor of the Louisiana Territory described a map drawn on a bison hide by an Indigenous American showing a “volcano” on the Yellowstone […]